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Have you ever found yourself short of time to complete all the things that you want to do? Do you complain about why there are only 24 hours a day instead of 48? If you are, you are not the only one. Time shortage is one of the most common problems that people faced.
People may feel that they lack the time to do the things that they need to do. But there are also people who achieve much more with the same 24 hours they have. So what is the difference between those who complain about the lack of time and those who had achieved results using the same amount of time? What is it that they know that others don’t know?
Lack Of Time is A Myth
Here comes the crucial part. Make sure you catch this part. There is no such thing as a lack of time, only a lack of priorities.
People thinks that they do not have time to complete everything that they want to do because they feel that everything is important. When you feel that everything is important, then you will definitely feel that time is not enough for you.
In order to cure the “lack-of-time-syndrome”, you must be able to know what are your priorities in life and spend time on them according to the level of importance.
I can understand the feeling of wanting to do everything. I want to become a great guitarist, play badminton, read my books, create an A list blog, learn to dance, surf the web aimlessly, tweet whole day long, learn to sing and the list goes on. There are lots of things that I want to do and if I did try to squeeze everything into my schedule, it will be just a matter of time before I collapse and failed to achieve anything.
If you want to have a balance life or have enough time for things that are important, you will need to set priorities. Know what you want (set goals) and prioritize time for those activities that will help you to move towards your goal. You may also need to sacrifice/minimize some activities that are good to have but absolutely contributes nothing to help you move towards your goal (chatting with your friends, watching tv, surfing the web, Facebook-ing)
Achieve More With Your 24 Hours Now
So how do you prioritize your activities and achieve more in same 24 hours that other successful people have? Here are some of the ways:
1. What You Want to Achieve? Think on paper
First of all, you will need to know what do you want to achieve? Do you want to have better grades in school, contribute more to your company or start your own business?
Write down what you want to achieve on a piece of paper. Goals that are not written down are usually forgotten. So always remember to write down your goals.
2. List down tasks
Brain storm and write down all the tasks that you are doing daily and tasks that you believe that will help you to achieve your goal. If you have problem thinking about what tasks are needed to help you move towards your goal, seek someone who had done what you want to achieve to help you.
Run down the list to prioritize your tasks. Use ABCDE method taught by Brain Tracy to help you prioritize.
This is how you use this method. Run through the tasks that you had written and assign either A,B,C,D or E to them.
To become an outstanding blogger
A tasks – Tasks that are important and need to be done. Exp: Writing articles, marketing.
B tasks – Tasks that are of less importance than tasks in category A but need to be done. Exp: Checking emails.
C tasks – Tasks that are not really important at all but will be fun to do. Exp: Chatting on skype or MSN.
D tasks – Tasks that can be delegated.
E tasks – Tasks that can be totally eliminated. Exp: Watching Tv shows and etc.
4. First thing first
Once you had identified your most important tasks (category A), make sure that you always complete tasks in the category A before you go on to do other tasks in other categories. If you try to do tasks in other categories before completing tasks in category A, there will be a high possibility that the most important tasks will not be completed.
5. Review and 80/20.
Always review your tasks. There will be times when you will thought that you are doing tasks that are important but they are not. Always review weekly what you had completed and check your results when you are regularly completing tasks that important? If the results does not justify, review your important tasks and ensure that they are really important ones. Lastly apply the 80/20 principle and find out what are the tasks that will give you 80% of the results using 20% of your effort. This principle can help you to create the results that you want using the least amount of time.
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