One thing that this pandemic has shown us is that we are not in control of our lives. We used to encounter times in our life when things went haywire. We felt we had everything in order, our life was going smoothly, we made plans for the future, our to-do lists were always up-to-date and wham! The car fell apart, a family member fell ill, we lost our job and/or our partner ran off with the neighbour.
What you thought was of prime importance and that you just had to do today, obviously was not going to get done on time. And you know what? It really doesn’t make a bit of difference, because what your perfectionist tendencies are telling you are important, are not, in the scheme of things as relevant as you thought.
What is important is to have a have a simple foundation for what you can control in your business and personal life. Then any anomalies that happen will not turn everything upside down. When the difficult times are over, you have a simple base to go back to again.
What can you control in your business?
Your goals, values, time, environment and self-careA goal without a plan is just a wish - photo of cup of coffee and that saying
Take some time on a regular basis to create and/or update your goals.
Create a list of master goals but pick only three to work on at a time.
Post them prominently. Write them down in your calendar and journals.
Break them down into smaller chunks and start planning to work on them on a regular basis.
Write them down, tell others, ensure that they are S-pecific, M-easurable, A-chievable, R-ealistic,T-imely.
Whenever you are not true to yourself, you compromise your true values. You deserve more than that so speak up!
As you go through your busy days, make sure that what you are doing at all times is within your value system. Ask:
Does your job or relationship require you to compromise your values?
Do you have an uncomfortable feeling while at work that something is just not right?
Are you honest and straight-forward in your communications with others?
Time management is all about control.
You can and should keep yourself on track by using the following techniques:
Improve your skill levels. If you cannot master the skills required of your position, then you will either be overwhelmed or find it too challenging.
Take advantage of training, coaching and mentoring to develop and expand your potential. You will tend to procrastinate if you are unfamiliar with something and
your concentration will suffer.
If you are bored, change the way you are doing things – add a creative twist or another dimension to the challenge.
Move somewhere else to do the job. Delegate part of the task to others or trade jobs for a while. Pretend you are teaching the subject to someone else and talk about it. This makes it much more interesting.
Set aside time on your calendar for the task and overestimate the amount of time it will take. Make an appointment with yourself and block off the time.
Anticipate and avoid interruptions. Deal with these before or after the task and advise others that you are not available.
Plan proper breaks to conserve your energy.
Focus your attention completely on the task. Train yourself to block out self-interruptions and concentrate on only the task at hand.
Take all the “busyness” that is in your mind and relegate it to to-do lists or appointments.
Prepare your environment and your materials.
Create an atmosphere of peace and tranquility by getting rid of the clutter and creating areas where you can access information quickly.
Learn to have only the item you are working on in front of you.
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