Today is the first day of National Take Back Your Time Week.
According to the creator of Take Back Your Time Week, author and consultant Jan Jasper, “Good time management habits are not enough. You need clear values to tell you where to spend your time. Prioritize and say “no” to unwanted and wasteful uses of your time.”
When it comes down to it, the three biggest problems we run into with our time are: Lack of Focus, Miscommunication, and Disorganization.
The best way to deal with Lack of Focus is to do a To-Do List. Do a Master List of EVERYTHING you have to do. Then set some priorities. Break the priorities into tasks; set a reward you’ll receive when you complete the task, and you are off and running.
The key to lowering Miscommunication is to ask more and better questions. Asking What, Why, Who, Where, When, How, and How Much more often keeps you on a clearer communications path.
Disorganization is usually caused by having too much stuff. But, really, the stuff isn’t the problem. The problem is that you don’t have a system to find the stuff you need when you need it. And leaving it all lying around is not a system. A simple system such as having one place to store your car keys when they are not in your car’s ignition or in your pocket or purse is a good start. The real key to getting and staying organized is by using the 30-Second Secret. Don’t walk out of your house in the morning or away from your desk at lunch or at the end of the day without taking 30 seconds to put a few things away. The cumulative effect of 30 seconds, 30 seconds, 30 seconds, means you’ll get and stay organized.
Final point…look for someone or something this week that you would normally have said “yes” to (but wanted to say “no”)….and say “no.” You’ll be amazed at how much power you’ll feel.
The most accomplished, successful people I know are not constantly adding activities to their lives, they are looking for what they can pare away so they can focus more energy on the things that really matter to them. They are saying "no" all the time. Again, saying "no" puts you in control of your life. And more power like that will give you the juice to do more of what you want with your time.