How To Be Successful In Life – Know What You Want
You Could Be Doing Something Else With Your Time
“You could be doing something else with your time”. Yes you could – and perhaps you’re only saying that to yourself right now because you are dissatisfied and unhappy with what you are doing at the moment. You’ve lost your motivation and you can’t see any rewards in sight, so why are you bothering, you ask yourself.
This is not the time to be reminding you that you need to be clear about your aim and know that you really want it in order to be able to achieve it and even exceed your goals.
Instead, let’s look at that statement again and discuss two things which are vital for both time management and ultimately for success that the title – quite true in itself – brings to mind: delegation and focus.
You don’t have to do everything! You can ask for help from friends and family any time and they will probably be much more willing to give it than you anticipate – because the people who care about you also want to see you succeed.
Also bear in mind that even when it is something that will help you achieve *your* goal, *you* may not be the best person to do something. You will have your own particular skills set – other people have theirs – which may be better suited to the task in hand. Does that sound weird? … Or even wrong? … Then look at this example – should a freelance writer design, create and print their own business cards and other publicity material or would they be better leaving that to a professional printer?
Delegation isn’t giving in. It may well be the very best use of your time, which means you are free to do what *you* do best, whatever that is, which is also part of achieving your overall aim. You will be amazed at the time you free up by sensible delegation. Not only do you save time in doing the task itself, you also save the time of worrying about it because you’re really not sure you can do it. Also, the task is done better by someone who has the required skills – so don’t beat yourself up about delegation – just do it!
Ok, so you’ve delegated and you’ve made some time for yourself – what do you do with it? That’s where ‘focus’ comes in.
One of the biggest ways to waste your time is through not focusing. That way, you won’t achieve anything but will flit around from task to task, doing bits, but not much – and also not doing it well because your mind is not fully concentrating on the task in hand.
You need to decide what things need to be done, then put them in order of priority. Divide these things into three lists:
- to do today
- to do this week
- to do this month
This way you are consciously planning your time and you will have clear targets to aim for.
Then when you have your lists, put the weekly and monthly ‘to do’ lists on your notice board; only deal with your ‘to do today’ list. You are only in control of today, not what is happening all week or in a month’s time. Recognizing this control helps you focus.
Plan what time you have to accomplish these things in today. Start at the first thing on your ‘to do today’ list and do it. Forget about doing everything else. Just focus all your concentration on doing that one thing and get it finished so you can cross it off your list. It will give you a real boost. You will approach the second thing to do on your list with renewed confidence and energy because you have already met with success once. As you progress down your list, it gets easier to start tasks and your energy snowballs – you’re on a roll!
So – there is always something else you *could* be doing, but that doesn’t mean the things you *need* to do will go away. They won’t. To get though the tasks you need to do and effectively manage your time, you need delegation and focus.
To your success,
Andy Shaw – A Bug Free Mind