The day goes by in a blink. A normal workday passes by in a daze of traffic, rushed meals, long hours at work, endless cups of coffee and a dose of traffic again. We seem to be running around, trying to accomplish too much and ending up wondering where the day went.
If that is every day’s truth for you and me, ever wondered how heads of businesses and people in leadership positions manage? There are a million things they have to do, tasks they must prioritize, schedules they must stick to. If you’re as curious as I am, read on.
Practice the following techniques to become the master of your own time:
- Carry a schedule and record all your thoughts, conversations and activities for a week to understand how much you can get done during the course of a day and where your precious moments are going.
- Take the first 30 minutes of every day to plan your day. Don’t start your day until you complete your time plan.
- Take five minutes before every call and task to decide what result you want to attain.
- Remember that 20 percent of your thoughts, conversations and activities produce 80 percent of your results.
- Any activity or conversation that’s important to your success should have a time assigned to it.
- Plan to spend at least 50 percent of your time engaged in the thoughts, activities and conversations that produce most of your results.
- Put up a “Do not disturb” sign when you absolutely have to get work done.
- Practice not answering the phone just because it’s ringing and e-mails just because they show up.
- Block out other distractions like Facebook and other forms of social media unless you use these tools to generate business.
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