Doing What’s Important

Everyone is more effective when we manage our time better, and everyone can manage their time better.


Better time management is not about getting everything done.  It’s not even about doing more, or getting more done. 
At the heart of time management is knowing what is important and getting those things done.


So the key to better time management then is figuring out what is important, then figuring out how to make sure that if nothing else, you get those things done.


How do you determine what’s important?  Ask yourself what’s important to you.  Then keep asking, “How do I do that?” until you come to a specific physical activity that you can do to move you towards what’s important to you.

Let’s take your health for example, here’s how it works:


1.    Is it important for me to feel good and for my body to function like it’s suppose to?  “Yes!”  How do I do that?
2.    I need to focus on getting healthy. (not a specific physical activity yet) How do I do that?”
3.    I need to eat right and exercise. (still not a specific physical activity)  How do I do that?”
4.    I should figure out a good diet and exercise plan. (still not a specific physical activity yet)  How do I do that?
5.    I know my friend Stacy recently lost a lot of weight and seems to be feeling better I’ll ask him. (closer, but still not a specific physical activity)  So, how do I do that?
6.    I will call Stacy and ask him what he did. (really super close, but still not a specific physical activity)  How do I do that?
7.    I will call Stacy today at 3pm on his cell 222-555-1234. (that’s it!  That’s a specific physical activity)

You’ve just determined what is important.  Here’s the key … What’s important is not “to feel good and for my body to function like it’s suppose to.”  The important thing is to “call Stacy today at 3pm on his cell 222-555-1234” … That’s what you must get done!

Now that you’ve figured out what’s important you now have to figure out how to make sure that what’s important get’s done.  In order to do that you need to have a reliable systematic approach to doing what’s important.  And that is another topic, but here’s the nuts-n-bolts of it:


1.    You need a way to capture thoughts and ideas 24/7
2.    You need a way to get time sensitive things on your calendar
3.    You need a way to track ongoing stuff
4.    You need to recognize and reward yourself when you reach your goals

It’s that simple … simple, but not easy.  But now you know how to do it, let’s be amazing!


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