Crucial v Not Crucial

Written by Dr. Donald E. Wetmore

We all have "too much to do". True? Sure 'nuf. And that says a lot of good things about you. That you have "too much to do" suggests that a lot of people have entrusted much confidence in you. I mean, people who are drifting about early each afternoon begging co-workers for something to do, may not have earned that confidence from others. And this applies not only in our work lives but in our personal lives as well.

But this creates a double-edged sword. Onrepparttar one hand, it's great to enjoyrepparttar 102104 confidence of others. Yet, having "too much to do" often createsrepparttar 102105 stresses and distresses that may reduce your overall productivity.

I divide our responsibilities into two categories: "Crucial" and "Not Crucial". Crucial items give usrepparttar 102106 "biggest bang forrepparttar 102107 buck" forrepparttar 102108 time spent and isrepparttar 102109 most productive use of our time. It isrepparttar 102110 logical use of our time. "Not Crucial" gives us emotional relief. It's doingrepparttar 102111 little things,repparttar 102112 junk mail, desk dusting andrepparttar 102113 like, that, while necessary, do not really advance our daily success very much.

When we accomplishrepparttar 102114 "Crucial" things in our life we are doing "business" v "busyness". We are making progress versus wheel spinning. Have you ever had a day when you were busyrepparttar 102115 whole daylong but when you got home that night you knew you had not accomplished a darn thing? (We can foolrepparttar 102116 world sometimes but we cannot fool ourselves.)

Doingrepparttar 102117 Crucial things builds up our self-esteem and our motivation level. Ever notice when you've had a really productive "Crucial" day how that positive momentum carried forward into your evening hours? You are more inclined to dorepparttar 102118 woodworking, spend time withrepparttar 102119 kids, or work on hobbies, when you've had a great day. But when you've had one of those "Not Crucial" days,repparttar 102120 motivation and momentum levels are reduced and when we come home that night, many of us just want to block outrepparttar 102121 day with that all important exercise, "click, click, click",repparttar 102122 sound ofrepparttar 102123 TV remote device, surfing us through a multitude of channels that fail to grab our interest.


Written by Dr. Donald E. Wetmore

In my Time Management seminars which have conducted for more than 100,000 people from aroundrepparttar globe, I show people how to get more done in less time, with less stress; to help them have more time forrepparttar 102103 things they want to do in their work and business lives.

If you can recapture a wasted hour here and there and redirect it to a more productive use, you can make great increases in your daily productivity.

Here are five ofrepparttar 102104 techniques I share in our Time Management seminars, each one of which will help you to get at least one more hour out of your day of additional productive time.

1. Maintain Balance. Your life consists of Seven Vital Areas: Health, Family, Financial, Intellectual, Social, Professional, and Spiritual. You will not spend equal amounts of time in each area or time every day in each area. But, if inrepparttar 102105 long run, you are spending a sufficient quantity and quality of time in each area, then your life will be balanced. But ignore any one of your areas, (never mind two or three!) and you will get out of balance and potentially sabotage your success. Fail to take time now for your health and you will have to take time for illness later on. Ignore your family and then may leave you and cost you a lot of time to re-establish relationships.

2. Getrepparttar 102106 Power ofrepparttar 102107 Pen. A faint pen has more power thanrepparttar 102108 keenest mind. Get intorepparttar 102109 habit of writing things to do down using one tool (a Day-Timer, pad of paper, Palm Pilot, etc.) Your mind is best used forrepparttar 102110 big picture rather than allrepparttar 102111 details. The details are important, but manage them withrepparttar 102112 pen. If you want to manage it you have to measure it first. Writing things down helps you to more easily remember all that you need to accomplish.

3. Do Daily Planning. It is said that people do not plan to fail but a lot of people fail to plan. Takerepparttar 102113 time each night to take control ofrepparttar 102114 most precious resource at your command,repparttar 102115 next twenty-four hours. Plan your work and then work your plan each day. Write up a To Do list with all you have to's and all of your want to's for your next day. Without a plan forrepparttar 102116 day, you can easily get distracted, spending your time servingrepparttar 102117 loudest voice rather than attending torepparttar 102118 most important things for your day that will enhance your productivity.

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