Today we have more events and activities to management than ever before because of technology, the Internet and the expectations of doing more with less in both our work and personal life. If we don’t have a system to quickly prioritize all activities, including the people in our life, technology, and interruptions, our stress goes up, we get overwhelmed and we say to ourselves…. Where did my day go? It’s very, very, frustrating.
The Importance of a Plan
Think about it… When was the last time you ended your day where everything on your to-do list was checked of? Can u remember when that was? I ask this question all time in my workshops and I always get the same response. Never. The challenge is that most of us start our day without any plan at all, and this is a big mistake. When we don’t have a plan, then our plan becomes their plan and we spend the majority of our day in a reactive mode. An Attack Plan gives us direction. An Attack plan helps us focus on our high priorities.
If you carry an Iphone, Blackberry or other smartphone device you are constantly connected and have experienced time contamination. You know what I’m talking about, you are out to dinner with family or friends and you are constantly checking your Facebook updates, email, or tweeting during dinner. Now I am a fan of technology, but if abused, can have a negative impact on our life.
All successful people in life have something in common. Goals. But setting goals isn’t enough. You’ve heard the phrase….. out of site, out of mind. Setting goals is only the beginning. You have to review them often and work on them daily by setting what I call daily goals. The things you can do today that support your long-range goal. When you do this, you’ll hit your target every time.
I love what John Maxwell says about attitude. Attitude isn’t everything but it’s the main difference maker. Many people fail to make the connection between attitude and productivity. The attitude we approach activities with will per-determine the result every time. If you have a bad attitude towards an activity then you tend to procrastinate and put if off until you are forced to do it. Attitude is a choice and the choice is yours.
In attack your day, the clock doesn’t rule, activities rule. If you are looking for an easier way to manage time, it is simply to become an effective activity manager. From the day we draw our first breath of life until the time we expire our last breath of life, we are executing activities on a nonstop basis. You can become great at executing activities with 5 simple skills. They are; Choosing, arranging, tracking, Flexicuting, and focus.
Getting what you want
My philosophy changed over the years as it does for most of us as we experience difficulty. For me it was when I lost my father to cancer, shortly after that a divorce. It took two major events in my own life to realize that early on I had lost sight of what was truly important to me. I was chasing the wrong things…. It was at this time, I rewrote my own script based on my core values, the things truly important to me. So get what you want by first, by identifying your highest priorities in life. Second, define goals based on your highest priorities. Third, choose daily activities that support your goals.
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