We are just moving along in our week and headed midway into March, how is your 2019 looking so far. My word for this year has been focus and in that I have worked really hard to narrow down my efforts and get a few BIG things done this year. But in order to get those things done Time Management and Efficiency are absolute musts.
I used to play with time. Let it run from me, waste it, idle around until I created emergencies for myself, but not anymore. Every minute of the day is important and it’s up to me to use it wisely. There are millions of things to do, that have to be done, that should be worked on and its only you that will make sure that they get done. The question is WHEN?
When will you focus on A, B, or C? How you decide determines how productive you will be.
So the Key to Great Time Management and Efficiency is PRIORITIES.
You have to set them out and be intentional about getting to them at certain times or parts of your day. Saying you will versus making a plan are two completely different things. You have to identify the priority and create the plan for its moving parts. How long do you think each part will take you and when do you have that time in you day, your week, your month, etc.
I.E.; I have to make organize the kids toy box, create meal plan for the week, or do spring cleaning for the house.
- Identify the goal
- Break it into smaller parts. Clean the House. (Kitchen, Living room, Dining room, bathroom, kids bedroom, master bedroom, garage, and front porch)
- What needs to be done in each of those areas. (Kitchen= thaw out freezer, toss out old food, clean oven, change filter for vent, go through Tupperware for lids, dishes, clean dishwasher, sweep, mop)
- Identify how much time each of those things would take. (Kitchen: thaw out freezer=4 hours, toss out old food=30 minutes, clean oven=1 hour, change filter for vent= 20 minutes, go through Tupperware for lids=20 minutes, dishes=30 minutes, clean dishwasher=1 hour, sweep=15 minutes, mop= 15 minutes)
- Then look through and seen when you can get part of that list done with your current schedule. Today I will for sure, go through Tupperware, change filter, and clean the oven)
When you have 10 things to do you have to narrow your focus and the use of the your energy down to 3 nonnegotiables. I have to do 1, 2, 3. If I get to 4 or 5 then that’s great but before my head hits the sheets 1-3 will be done. And following through on this is the next most important thing.
And in that you also have to know what is NOT a priority. Something could very well be busy work, a waste of time, or redundant to focus all of your energy on it today if it won’t matter next month. Be discerning of what to give your energy to. Not everything requires it.
It’s not enough to make the plan for it, carve out the time, get the materials and for the time to come you decided you are too tired, too sick, too unavailable, to get it done. You make the plan and THEN you work the plan.
What are you 3 big priorities for the week? And then Your 1 Big Thing for your upcoming days. Let me know in the comments.