A major stumbling block for me over the years has always been to think I do not have as much time as a think I have!
This is an incapacitating mind set and one where procrastination had the easiest of takeovers imaginable, which scuppered and efforts to success I have made. It’s unusually common that though, people who are too busy (note too busy not productive) are sometime the worst offenders of procrastination…of which I was king.
As you may well imaging, with that approach, I had the worst track record of delivery going around! I may have been good at what I do or know, very clearly, what needed to be done but the thought of heaps of time available always led me to that awful last minute rush which drastically reduced any quality offering I may have been able to include…if I just did what I had to do when I had to do it.
A detrimental effect of Parkinson’s Law: "work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion"
Not understanding how to better use my time or not knowing how to productively direct my time were habits and paradigms that I was letting infiltrate each and every task I had to undertake. Although I would have spike of brilliant productivity, which manifest in brilliant results and clear focus, I was never able to repeat with consistency these episodes that served me so well on intermittent occasions.
Ground-breaking learning that drastically changed my perception of how I was going about each and every day.
• Stephen Covey teaches us to Put First Things First! (The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Habit 3) In his revolutionary book Stephen Covey teaches us the importance if having an understanding of the many interactions we will encounter each day and how we can deal to these throughout our day. (Get your copy of Stephen coveys planner)
• Zig Ziglar's last day before vacation is a great lesson where he gives us an impression of what it would take to get our workload clear and everything important done if we were given an awesome holiday.
As I read, listened and studied the content of these great teachers it became clear that I had all the time there was and this was ample for me to enact the changes I needed to make. You see 80 percent of our results come from 20 percent of our actions, however I was making the mistake of focusing on the wrong percentage priorities.
I learnt to break my day down on an hourly basis and; upon accurate, honest analysis I could see that hours were wasted doing menial and meaningless work. It also identified that the time spent with family and on my private vocations were not of a high quality.
With better focus and accurate planning I am now able to maximize the output of each and every day, without getting exhausted and still having enough gaps in the day to make myself available to others who may need counsel, advice or any other measure of my time and also to deal to those unplanned issues that creep up at the last moment.
I have all the time I have and thankfully with better education I can now best use all the time I need!
"Things which matter most must never be put at the mercy of things which matter least" - Goethe
Hi my name is Allan Smith, founder and leader of Infinity Success. I have a passion for helping others progress and develop their unlimited potential and help them turn their dreams into goals and goals into reality!