We’ve been talking about how to better manage your time through the three step process – Prepare, Pass It On and Prioritize.
Today we arrive at the final step which is Prioritize. In order to implement this step you must learn a super-secret word…. Wait for it… you’ll never believe what it is… I know the suspense it intense…. And the word is “no.”
When new task presents itself to you, a volunteer job at your children’s school for example, ask yourself "What is the wisest and best use of my time right now and what do I have to remove from my schedule in order to make time for this?" And make a determination on whether you can add that task to your life right now.
Look at your to-do list that you have been creating and decide which tasks are necessary (laundry and grocery shopping are just a fact of life, sorry!) and which ones you truly enjoy or that bless your family or further your business. If they don’t fall into these categories, figure out what you can stop doing them or graciously say no to new project. You need to guard your time as a precious commodity. If you don’t, who will?
Remember the ever-stylish Coco Chanel said (and I am paraphrasing), Every day before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one thing. Apply that philosophy to your to do list – delegate task or just delete it all together. You’ll be happier for it.
So there you have it a three step plan to help you get better control of your time and your tasks.
1. Prepare through planning
2. Pass It on by delegating
3. Prioritize by learning to say No
Good luck! And enjoy your time!