I find planning and organising difficult.
I dip in and out of tasks.
If I’m not careful I put myself in danger of missing deadlines.
If you are like me then you know this is stressful.
I know about most of the time management techniques. Knowing about them and getting the best from them is a different story altogether.
This blog will not be about all the different techniques, but I do want to share with you one thing.
This one thing, if done well, will allow you to feel in control of your time and help to save your day.
Attack the Clock
So, what is the one thing that will help to save your day?
Here it is.
Attack the first 30 mins.
What do you do in the first 30 mins of your working day?
If you are like most people the following will be familiar:
- Review e-mails
- Create a To Do list
- Chat about the weekend/last night
- Grab a coffee
- File paperwork
- Review the previous days/weeks stats
- Review social media
- Check out the news
- Edit your blog
You may not do everything in the above list but I would wager you do at least three.
The list could go on and it does, depending on who you work with and the tasks you deal with.
Some of the tasks may be of value but how much is actually about getting stuff done?
The first 30 mins turns into an hour and maybe more.
You are focused on being busy but not on the output.
Before you know it lunchtime is fast approaching.
You decide the To Do list will wait, until after you have eaten.
This cycle repeats itself. Repeat it often enough and you lose huge amounts of time. Time that could be spent more productively and wisely.
Attacking the first 30 minutes of the day means being brutal with your time.
Accept zero distractions.
Attack the first 30 mins of each day.
Focus on taking action and getting stuff done.
Protect the 30 minutes of your day like a new-born.
My record, for getting stuff done, is completing ten items from my To Do list.
‘Ten is impossible!!’ I hear you cry.
If you believe this, then you will make it a reality.
That negative internal voice will back up and you will busy yourself with a task that is adding nothing to your day.
I offer a different view.
That it can be done, if you choose to make it happen.
How great would it feel, to get 10 items off your To Do list right now?
It won’t always be ten but the point is you can achieve and execute a ton of work in a short space of time.
For anyone worrying about the quality of work, this is a call you have to make.
You know your work better than anyone else. You know the rules and the process you have to adhere to. You know your Boss and the standard they expect.
I want to make one thing clear.
This is not about compromising the quality of what you do.
It is about attacking the first 30 mins and achieving far more than you thought possible.
Would you like a hack to improve your day even more?
You don’t have attack just the first 30 minutes of the day…
It is impossible to work flat out all the time. Our brains are not hard-wired for this.
You could attempt it and in doing so you will burn yourself out.
It is important to have a break, to build down time into your day and to make sure you grab a lunch (away from your desk, people!).
In doing so it recharges your batteries and sets you up for the next set of tasks.
Everyone has times, in the week, where they feel like the day is slipping away.
It is the easiest thing in the world to switch off, check out, leaving the actions for the next day.
If you find this is happening to you then take a break and come back determined to own and attack the next 30 mins.Set up little rewards for yourself as you complete a 30 minute attack. One idea is to enjoy a five-minute break at the end of the 30 minutes. Once the five minutes is up aim to complete another 30 minutes.
You can achieve whatever you want to achieve.
The key is to focus on what you can control, focus on your desire for action and believe you can achieve more than you imagined.
It can happen for you if you so choose.
What are you going to achieve in the first 30 minutes?
Attack it and save your day.
Believe and take action.