How to make time count.

Write your to do list and you will soon want to burn it and have a drink.

I can use time effectively by making sure I split my worrying load into 2: projects vs tasks.

I instinctively know what my projects are so I make time count by demolishing as many tasks as possible.  Some are obviously longer than others but I accept that I am unlikely to focus properly on the big tasks if I have another 20 hanging over me.

So I start with the quick wins, the ones I can do quickly or delegate.  I am not focusing on the task themselves but am focused on reducing the number of tasks.  If I halve my tasks, this is the first win of the day.

Then comes the longer tasks.  I actually schedule them in my diary.  This gives me space in my head and reduces the pressure.  If there is no room in my diary for this work, I am obviously going for a kicking at any rate so now is a good time to know and to come with plan B.

Then it is a question of following the order of the tasks in the diary which, of course, never happens because of constant disruptions.  But at least at this stage I can move tasks around, reduce time allocated to them and maybe review the scope of the work,  I always plan on outstanding but in real life, good enough is good enough.  Others call it fit for purpose!

 

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