I get it, you're busy. Most people are. And if I told you to make time to do just one more thing a week, you'd probably laugh at me because, well, you don't have time to do the things that you've already got to do!
However, I'd want to challenge you on this. Why? Well, I'm willing to bet that there's always a way to get one more thing done in a week (and maybe even one more thing each day!). Here are a sample of ways you can make more time in an impossible situation;
- Drop something off your to do list completely because it doesn't give you value, or it doesn't generate enough value to make the task worthwhile (removing time draining, value-free tasks completely)
- Re-prioritize something more important on your to do list and do the less important thing another time (swap low value activities for high value activities)
- Get someone else at work or at home to do one of the things on your to do list so you have time to focus on the more important item (swap the person doing the activity)
- Use a service to free up some of your time, especially if you can pay a small amount of money to remove those routine, time consuming tasks on a permanent basis (swap the person doing the activity)
Now, we all rationally know that these are possible, but how often do you put these into practice? I'd be willing to suggest that you could do a lot more with a lot less time if you thought about it a little differently.
How often do you really look at your to do list and review whether the things on your list are actually valuable? I find a lot of clients just continue to run on autopilot, taking on tasks and completing them without questioning whether each task is a valuable activity for them to spend their time on. So, take a minute or two each day and consciously go through your to do list and decide whether you need to do the things on it at all and if so, which ones are your immediate priorities (providing the biggest value), which can be delayed for another day (valuable, but not urgent) or not completed at all (not valuable, so save your time and mental power by eliminating these from your to do list).
Then, you can figure out who will do the task. Simple stuff like this can significantly change how productive you can be, but moreover, it can really change the results you get because you are focusing on the most valuable things first! And in this world where it's easy to get stuck in administration and endless cycles of activities that don't get you a positive, valuable outcome, it's great to actually have something to show for your effort at the end of the day!
As well as being an experienced management consultant and energetic public speaker, Rob Whitfield is a certified Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, a certified Master Coach and a certified Master Practitioner of Hypnotherapy and Time Line Therapy. No Bull. Start your transformation journey here or sign up here to get your own copy of the FREE periodic One Brit, No Bull newsletter delivered to your inbox.