We all have 24 hours in a day. What we choose to accomplish in those 24 hours will determine our ultimate destiny.
If we want to become super achievers we have to set up daily activities that move us in the direction of our goals.
I want to let you in on a little secret – READY?
There is NO SECRET to success! (It’s the daily accumulation of hard work)
Having a successful year is nothing more than the accumulation of doing the right activities each and every day for 365 days (minus play time of course).
If you manage the right activities that walk you towards your goals each day, you’ve had a successful day. (Congratulate yourself. It’s more than most people can say).
If you do this for 5 days straight, you’ve had a successful week.
If you do this for 30 days straight, you’ve had a successful month (At this point it may even become a habit if you’re not careful. He-He!)
AND if you do this for 12 consecutive months, you’ve had a successful year (Stand tall because you’ve just taken your life to a whole new level).
Does this make sense? Pretty simple huh? (I guess they wouldn’t be selling bookoo time management seminars and CD’s if it were that simple)
So you’re probably wondering… “how can I manage my time more effectively so I can get more done?”
- Checking email, and texting throughout the day (emergencies are okay)
- Not having a daily activities plan and getting sucked into other people’s agenda
- Letting people interrupt you at any time
- Focusing on the wrong tasks
- Not having a clear vision for your online business
- Phone calls that are unimportant
- Thinking everything has to be perfect BEFORE you get started
Those are just a few “time suckers” that keep us from our ultimate destination. (I could keep going but you get the picture – right?)
Since we CANNOT manage time we need to create a system that helps us manage activities (Here’s How…)
So first, we have to get clear on our goals. (For this writing we’ll focus on our business goals, but this works for personal and financial goals as well).
- Write down your yearly business goals. Be specific! (Create a blog by 3/30/2013 – Learn seo within 3 months – Get 50 email subscribers daily by 5/15/2013 – Increase blog traffic by 50% within 6 months – Earn $1000.00 a month within a year by producing 2 ebooks and online training, etc)
- Then we need to decide what tasks we need to accomplish each day in order for us to reach these goals. (Write an article, create email opt-in offer, take an seo class, set up outline for ebook, get backlinks to blog, etc)
- Take all your daily tasks (from above) and place them in the order of their importance. (If you don’t get to all of them throughout the day, make sure you get the most important ones accomplished.
- You’ll always want to create your activity list the night prior so you can hit the ground running. This will also help you stay focused.
There are many ways to keep a daily activities list
1. Your computer (there are many programs available. Just type in “time management programs” into your web browser).
2. I use my iphone, AND I list my activities on paper. I use the “reminders” app on my iphone to notify me when I need to start each task. And just in case my phone dies, I have it on paper as well.
Example… Using the “reminders” app on my iphone I type in my activities list in the order of importance. I assign a specific start time to each task so that I’m notified of what to focus on, and I allow a certain amount of time for each task to be completed.
It looks like this…
- Write article 7:00am (My iphone rings telling me to start my article)
- Create Newsletter 9:00am (Again – my iphone rings telling me that I need to start the next project. I can either move on to the next project, or finish what I’m doing)
- Answer Q&A 10:00am
- Get back-links for clients 11:00am
- Lunch 12:30 noon
- Write 1000 words for ebook 1:00pm
- Get with client 4:00pm
- Set up activities for tomorrow 6:00pm (make sure phone is charged)
This will help you get more done in a day than most people get done in a week.
You’ll also sleep better knowing you actually accomplished your objectives. I know how not getting things done feels. I WAS that person who accomplished very little and it left me tossing and turning all night.
It can even have a dramatic affect on your self esteem. Sometime I’ve even dreaded the next day because I didn’t know what to focus on.
So I want to know… Will this help you manage your time better and get more things done? Or do you have a specific time management program that works well for you? If so, please share it below so we can all benefit.