Getting things done
Well, seeing as how so many of you seemed to like the previous thoughts about being focussed and getting things done I thought I would offer a few more thoughts just to round things off.
Well firstly, for those that are interested and in case you hadn’t noticed, what I have been talking about is really Time Management and how you can and should use that most precious resource of yours – your own time – to best effect.
If you want to get into it deeper then I would highly recommend 14 Days to Total Time Control By Martin Avis
But for me the most important part of Time Management is how you use that scarcest resource you have, scarcer even than money, to achieve your own objectives.
Managing Time and those annoying interruptions that seem to take all day is fine, but you need to keep focussed on the Big Picture .
Like – where are you going with your life ?
What do you really want to achieve ?
Is money all you really want ? Once you’ve got it what then ?
Once you’ve got past the house, the fast car, the yacht, the holidays and got your golf handicap down – what then ?
Who are or could be or should be the really important people in your life ?
So the first step in Time Management is writing down what your goals and objectives are – yes write them down – and then stick them on the wall.
Next break them down into sub goals and easy steps – your route map to achieving your big goals.
Again write them down – stick them on the wall.
And now comes the really cunning part – whenever you feel bored, lacking enthusiasm, overloaded with minutiae and plain old cr*p – just look at the wall and ask yourself
“So what is the best use of my time right now ?”
and get on with it !!
It has worked just fine for me and it will work just fine for you….
One of the biggest challenges I find when sitting at my computer is actually getting things done. You may have a plan to build a website, promote it with adwords, do some split testing and all those good things – but when you sit down at your computer and start to read your e-mails then you start looking at the special offers, start buying stuff, you know what I’m talking about ?
probably been there yourself.
And now with the advent of instant messaging and Skype things have only got worse. I find the best thing to do is write a To Do List. What I do is decide upon a monthly plan, A weekly plan, and a daily plan.
I have a kind of target to work towards and that makes life easier. I know that my monthly plan is to build say 10 affiliate websites and that is what I can work towards. Then when I sit down on a Monday morning I will write a to-do list for the day, that way I will not waste my day on forums, reading sales pages of products I probably won’t buy, and chatting on Skype!
When you have a to-do list for the day it’s amazing how much work you can get done. I can usually get twice the amount of work completed when I have a clearly laid out to-do list for the day.
Your monthly to-do list can be sort of a target, things you would like to get done this month but I find that the daily to-do list of things that I’m definitely going to do that day is the real driver.
The weekly and monthly To Do List I use mainly to keep focussed on what my objective is for this month, I find it really easy to get sidetracked by the hundred of other things that come in during the week and demand my attention, you know the little “dramas” that take place, fixing things that have gone wrong and that shouldn’t have……
The little things that creep up on you and steal your time away…..