When we are talking about productivity and getting things done we need to remember that we have 3 resources to draw from: time, money, and energy. Let’s take a look at each one of them to begin to understand how to effectively measure and use those resources.
Time: The topic of time management has been explored in thousands of articles, books, and workshops. Since the 1980s we have been obsessed with how to manage our time.
The challenge is that, as humans, we basically underestimate how long a task takes, and overestimate our efficiency at completing that task.
Some vital first steps in managing your time include:
1) keeping a time log (what do you do every 14 minutes) so you can see what you are actually spending you time doing,
2) blocking time on your calendar for meetings, appointments, phone calls, checking emails, and focused work time,
3) breaking your goals into weekly and daily tasks,
4) minimizing distractions.
(Next time: Productivity – How are you Investing your Time?)