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Can I Have Some More Hours? – Effective Time Managment
by On April 10, 2008

David ShoupWe all have the same 24 hours each day to utilize as we see fit, but how are some people able to accomplish extraordinary results and others are scrambling to get the minimum requirements done in any given day? How can some find the time to balance work, personal life, personal health & fitness, and family responsibilities and still manage to take that vacation without stress or concern? What abilities do they have that I don’t?

If you have found yourself asking the same questions or relating to anyone of these scenarios, know that there is hope. Here are four ideas that have had a powerful and profound impact on my ability to accomplish more in any given week and if you’ll apply these concepts to your business, I am confident it can do the same for you.

4 Ideas for More Effective Time Management:
Delete, Decide, Determine and Do

    Remove the “stuff” that gets in the way of you accomplishing any important task. It is the difference between being busy and being productive. Two areas that this concept has helped me most are: more efficient use of the computer and the reduction of distractions in my office. I reduced the amount of time spent checking email (twice daily) and simply removed the clutter in my office and with less to distract me I became instantly more productive.
    The first step in the accomplishment of any goal or objective is the decision to pursue or achieve it. You must decide what it is you want to or need to accomplish in a given week. Do this for all areas of your life and not just for business.A helpful way to decide is to plan your week in advance. Take at least one hour (two is ideal) every Sunday to schedule what needs to be accomplished in that coming week. Actually write down what you need to do on a certain day. You will find this to be an extremely helpful method to focus on the present and what is controllable for the week.
    Once your weekly objectives have been identified and written, determine what the high priority items are and be sure to attack them first. This will help reduce the “I should have done that” game because you’ll have done it. Brian Tracy refers to it in his book “Eat That Frog that you should tackle the biggest and most challenging task first because as the day goes on that task becomes even bigger, more daunting and less likely to be accomplished.
  4. DO
    After determining the most important tasks for the week the only thing left is to do it. The sooner you take action to accomplish the most difficult tasks/objectives the more likely you are to achieve them, the better you will feel and the less stress will creep into your life.

If you will follow these simple steps: delete, decide, determine & do you will find yourself having less stress & more time at the end of the day. These steps are instrumental in maintaining the balance between our business and personal lives that we all so richly deserve. I wish you much success and more time to do the things you truly love.

Be Free!

David Shoup

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