Get clarity on what you are doing by putting it into perspective. A simple To Do List just keeps us from forgetting the scheduled tasks we need to accomplish, but add in a Focus List & Don't Do List and you will retrain your brain and move forward to your goals.
A Focus List answers questions and gives direction.
- What is most important to me today?
- What is my main goal at this moment?
- What make me happy?
(Sam at Financial Upside wrote the article 11 Ways Successful People Start Their Mornings explaining this very concept.) Time is our greatest resource, but no matter how hard we try we cannot obtain more than 24 hours in a day! So use them wisely and always to your advantage.
The saying "Work Smarter, Not Harder" could not be more true and relevant in every aspect of our lives. Whether you are a stay at home mom with 3 kids or an executive on her way to the top, minding your time means the difference between success and failure.
Create your Focus List each morning BEFORE you enter the chaos of the world around you. If you are focused on what your goals are and what you want and need to get accomplished, you are much more likely to maintain that focus throughout your day and get things crossed off your simple To Do List.
Create your simple To Do List each night BEFORE you go to bed. Just like studying for a test, read over your list before your retire and it will be at the forefront of your brain when you wake and jot down your Focus List....clarity is a very powerful tool.
So, you have your simple To Do List of "chores" whether it is in the home, at work, or both that you wrote down last night and you have your Focus List with the "Big Picture," but you have one more piece to this puzzle: The DON'T DO List!
This may be the most important list you have for yourself. If you think I am kidding, evaluate all the time you wasted today and where it went. That, is your Don't Do List! And, it needs to be with you at all times to keep you in check. It will keep you honest. It will keep you focused. It will keep you on the road to success.
How many times do you find yourself on facebook, twitter, watching tv, talking on the phone with friends, or reading emails that aren't relevant to your day and goals? Your precious time clock doesn't stop because you are goofing off...it keeps ticking. Rather than watch your time slip away from you, schedule it...give it a place in your day if there is time available.
The Don't Do List needs to be specific to you. For example, my Don't Do List might look like this:
- Facebook Games ONLY from 12:30 - 1:00pm ~ Enjoy!
- No Phone Calls this morning until after 10am ~ Finish up DayBook Additions First
- No Digital Image searching today! You have plenty so save it for another day :)
Do you see where I am going with this...be specific to you and stay focused on the goals you have set for the day. Schedule personal time in with your day, no one can work 18 hours a day without any down time and be happy about it for very long. But, if you learn to retrain your brain and focus on your goals, you can accomplish your tasks and have fun doing it.
If you are ready to regain control over your time then please download this free Revised To Do List :)
I wish you great success on your journey to managing your time and regaining your life!