HOW TO ADD HOURS TO YOUR DAY!

Not enough time. It is a message we hear and tell every day of our lives. At work we say there just isn’t enough time in the day. At home we can’t seem to get everything we want to accomplish done. We all say we wish there was more time, but is that true?

 

I was recently attending a management seminar and the speaker made a profound statement.

 

“We inflate cost and deflate benefits”

 

The point was that many of us, when it comes to getting things done will often put off the things that NEED to get done. Our reasoning for NOT DOING vary; however we all do it (or rather DON’T do it). When we are faced with prioritizing the things that are perhaps uncomfortable or not fun, we will INFLATE the cost and DEFLATE the benefit.

 

For example someone might know they need to fit exercise in their day, but rather than just doing it he or she will make statements like, “I don’t have the time” or “All it is going to do is make me sore with no results.” To avoid what needs to be done they inflate and deflate to justify inaction.

 

There are other ways we avoid what needs to be done as well. Watching television or surfing the web, talking on the phone or sometimes sleeping for extended periods of time. There are plethora of ways we fill the minutes of the day especially if there are things we would rather not deal with.

 

Do you want to add hours and value to your day?

 

BE AWARE

  • What gets measured gets managed. Use a day planner or a notepad to itemize the hours of the day and how you use them. At the end of the day categorize your activities into three broad categories:
  • 1) Productive (was on my list of things to do)
  • 2) Unexpected (things that came up/not planned)
  • 3) Wasted (Non-value things like television/social media/napping)

 

BE PURPOSEFUL

  • Do you know why you do what you do? What makes your career meaningful? Why are you going off with friends? Knowing the reasons behind your activities will give you more drive and tenacity to complete your day with a sense of accomplishment.

 

BE SPECIFIC

  • When it comes to laying out your day it is important to schedule everything. Meals and even breaks should be included as part of your daily plan. This will help in keeping those unexpected distractions from creeping in. Plus, when someone calls trying to barge in on your day it gives you the support to honestly tell him or her that you’re busy and have plans scheduled.

 

BE CONCISE

  • One of the biggest areas I see in the workplace that people can add more time to their day is in being concise. I hear and (painfully) participate in conversations where there is entirely too much information being passed. Someone asks a question about what color to paint a door and the person gives them a historical lecture on the many types, uses and Dimensions of doors across the world. The person walks off with everything except what was needed; what color?
  • This is true in your emails and phone conversations. Keep to the point in whatever you do and not only will you add time to your day, but others will be much more appreciative that you respect their time as well.

 

BE CONSISTENT

  • The key to success is not being perfect, but rather to keep trying. Everyday will not be a success story; we all get off track. What is important is to wake up each day determined to make the day better. Failure only occurs when we give up and quit trying.  It will be that consistent determination that will take you to accomplish whatever it is that is in your heart.

 

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