Four “F” words do mean something in the world of Productivity.
We fritter away our time when we don’t have our calendar fully planned out.
We, then, fret about all the things we need to get done but haven’t.
We want freedom to do the things that excite us.
We figure (the fifth F) on what really does work for us.
It’s not our fault (the sixth F….ok, I know I am taking the F words a bit too far), since we did not go to Time Management class when in grade school. A few (7th!!) of us, very few, had a session in high school or college.
So how did we learn to get stuff done?
Likely it was family (8th) or friends (9th) who shared their techniques of their calendar, their example of a To Do List, or the books they may have read such as David Allen’s classic Getting Things Done. Our first employer may have sent us to a Franklin Covey seminar or provided us a Day-Timer Calendar to track our activities.
Ultimately, we came up with our own recipe of trick, tips, techniques to accomplish what we needed to get done.
My challenge for you:
Over the next few days, think about and be aware of HOW you:
- schedule your time each day for personal and business tasks
- determine how much time it will take to do the task
- avoid certain tasks (is there a pattern?)
- handle open space in your calendar
Your productivity matters….satisfaction too!
It is time to stop frittering our time away and then begin fretting.
Instead, get your stuff done so that you have time and freedom to those things that matter most to you.
Finally, figure out what you can do to keep your stress levels low.
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