We all have things that we need to do, that we just don’t want to do. We either hate doing it, aren’t sure how to do it, or are afraid of the consequences of doing it. Whatever the reason, we put it off until we absolutely have to do it. This is called procrastination. Though this is common practice and completely understandable, it is the single most counterproductive thing you will do (or not do) all day, and it will DESTROY your business. My thing is purging emails. I’m not a big paperwork guy as it is, and sitting at a desk doing it could not interest me less. I know this sounds crazy, considering I will spend hours at a computer doing research. But I LOVE doing research, and I HATE purging emails, but I get about 100-120 emails a day, if I don’t purge them regularly, they will gang up on me. So, I have to do it. I found the best thing for me to do is set aside 15-20 min 4 times a day, allocated strictly to email purging.
Time management is a crucial part of the success of your business. There are only so many hours in the day. In order to maximize it,
you need to schedule out as much of it as you can. Now before I go any further, let me admit, I am not the best at this, so I know what many of you are going to say, so don’t. Quite often if we will do the little things that need to be done in a timely manner, they won’t pile up on us.
Does this sound familiar to you? You have a small task to do. It won’t take long, but you don’t want to do it, so you put it off. Over time it adds up and becomes a bigger issue. The bigger issue it becomes, the less you want to deal with it. By the time you finally get around to it, it has become a deadline item, that has to be done and will take you two days to do. The first thing you think of is man, I should have done this earlier. Sound like anyone you know? I’m not too proud to say it sounds like me. But I’m working on it. Here is the best way to categorize and prioritize you task: Urgent and Important, Not Urgent but Important, Urgent but Not Important, Not Urgent Not Important.
Urgent and Important- Do right away. (Preferably first thing in the morning)
Not Urgent but Important- Do second (Stay ahead of this so it doesn’t rise upexpectedly)
Urgent but Not Important- Knock them out if you have free time, but don;t get too lazy about it.
Not Urgent and Not Important- Do these when you get a chance.
Follow this little trick and it should give you back a part of your day. (Or at least get morethings done.)