“There’s not enough time in the day to do all this!”
You can’t tell me you’ve never heard that line before. The truth is, there is plenty of time. An average person is awake for 13-17 hours. Take away 20 minutes in the shower, an hour eating, 40 minutes on Facebook and you still have 11-15 hours to do everything. The difference between getting it done or not, is your list.
Try it tomorrow: write a list of everything you need to accomplish, whether it’s at work or at home. Everything from groceries to those damn TPS reports, the more you know the better.
And I mean physically write it, in a notebook, on a post it, whatever. You don’t realize it, but mentally it has more meaning to you when you write it down instead of using your phone.
*I always carry a notebook on me for notes, to do lists, observations; it’s very handy
Don’t bother prioritizing it; just take the day to run through that list. At the end of the day, check how many things you missed. Or did you complete it all? Why did you run out of time? Was a curve ball throw at you? All questions you need to ask yourself.
Repeat for a week and you’ll start to see your efficiency rise. All these tasks are now in your face and not stuck in your head. You are forced to get the job done.
After a few weeks, you should see the importance of the list. Whiteboards make for great lists and here is where you can begin to prioritize and help you and your colleagues get more accomplished. Phase 2 involves long-term goals.
Can you guess what you should be doing? That’s right; create your list of long-term goals. What do you want to accomplish in a year, 15 years? Where do you see yourself? This is a cool project and if you don’t have the money, using a piece of paper will work
-I took a cork board and divided it into 3 sections
1 Year | 5 Years | 15 Years
-Using note cards, I began to write goals down and would pin them where appropriate
“Make 6 figures” “Get Married” “Buy a House”
“Run a startup” “Learn how to write a blog”
Put this project somewhere where other people can see it too: on a fridge, in the living room, next to your keys, etc. As silly as it may seem, your peers are motivating factors. They can help you reach those goals. And if they just make fun of you, they’re not worthwhile friends any ways. Use them to your advantage!
So there you have it. Phase 1: Day to Day, Phase 2: Long Term. Let me know how you are doing with your lists. Feel free to discuss with your peers below how lists are helping you!