1. Does what I am doing add value to my life (and times of pure fun and relaxation are essential too)? 2. What will happen if I don't do it? 3. Can I delegate it? 4. Can I spend less time on it?
1. Telephone Interruptions 2. Drop-in Visitors 3. Meetings 4. Crisis Management 5. Lack of Objectives, Priorities a Daily plan 6. Cluttered Desk, Personal Disorganisation. 7. Ineffective Delegation 8. Attempting too Much at Once 9. Lack of Clear Communication 10. Inadequate, Inaccurate Delayed Information 11. Indecision and Procrastination 12. Confused Responsibility and Authority. 13. Inability to Say "No". 14. Leaving Tasks Unfinished 15. Lack of Self-Discipline
MORE COMMON TIME WASTERS (IN RANK)
1. Planning (lack of).
2. Priorities (lack of)
3. Telephone interruptions
4. Disorganisation/cluttered desk
7. Lack of Self Discipline
8. Ineffective delegation
9. Attempting too much
10. Inability to say 'No'
The 80/20 Principle
20% of activity gives 80% of results and 80% of activity gives 20% of results (known as Pareto Principle).
* Focus on important few activities, not trivial many. * Don't procrastinate * The key is self discipline. * "First we make habits, then habits make us."
TIME TIPS FOR THE BUSY
Get news only once a day - in only one form - read paper or watch television or listen to radio, but vary form so you don't get news through one bias. Don't worry about or spend time on things irrelevant to you, eg.. reading every bit of newspaper.
Unless it is crucial for your business, news is not only depressing (don't worry about it, unless you can do something about it), but it gives a distorted picture of life.