We all want to do more, get more, achieve more….
But if we could allocate more time to X project, we would!
Most of us have already committed 100% of our valuable time to existing tasks at hand, so how do we grow our business, career and even social selves?
Have you ever played one of those slide the pieces puzzle games where you have to shuffle pieces around to get from A to B?
Becoming more efficient is a process just like that, we have to prioritise and schedule tasks in such a way so as to get all our stuff done and free up more time.
The best way to do this is to prioritise things in your life.
It is a given that you have responsibility to your family, friends and work, and would not jeopardise any of those. All we need to do is get the order right!
I like to divide my areas of influence into three categories.
Drop everything and run emergency response
Important to attend to before everything else
Not so important, but needs attention
See if you can categorise all areas of your life into similar categories – for the family area in my life, children are 1, siblings and parents 2, others 3. For work, imminent deadlines 1, next weeks projects 2, yearly goals 3. Even vehicle maintenance can be categorised in this way – a cam-belt replacement would be 1, then a service and tyres 2, then air-conditioner re-gas 3.
We are always going to have to deal with a curve ball or two, but if we can re calibrate ourselves regularly and re focus, we will become more efficient, more pro active, less reactive and more in charge of our lives.