Have you ever experienced a morning like this? The alarm clock goes off. You press the snooze button because you hardly had any sleep during the night…..just five minutes more…. You were tossing and turning all night long, stressing about how you’re going to cope with the workload today. This is nothing new; there just aren’t enough hours in the day! Suddenly you wake up in shock! In your drowsiness, you must have pressed the “off” button instead of the “snooze” button and another thirty minutes has already gone by! “Gee! Is my life never going to get any better than this?” you ask yourself while speeding through the house getting dressed and making fire under everybody to get ready for the day. With a quick glance at your watch, you realize that you are most probably going to get stuck in traffic as well now. “Why can’t I just get my brain to switch off at night and get some decent sleep for once?” you ask! If you can just get some sleep, you’ll be able to wake up refreshed in the morning. You would be so much more relaxed…..so much more productive! But how? How can you get your time under control? There are just not enough hours in the day!
Well, there’s good news! Your day doesn’t have to be in such chaos. By acquiring some good habits and taking control of your time, you can put some quality back in your life! And yes, there are enough hours in the day to do it!
Read on, and I’ll show you how in this very blog post! I’ll share with you the exact methods and habits used by highly successful people and how they apply them in their lives! When you’re done reading this post, you’ll know exactly how to plan your day and take control of your time. And the best part is, you’ll be able to relax and sleep like a baby at night!
If you have never done this, it might be a good idea to start by spending some time determining your long-term goals. Decide what you want to be, what you want to do, and what you want to have in three to five years from now. You don’t have to go into too much detail here, just let your imagination go, and write down what you are aiming for.
Once you have determined what you aim for in the long term, decide what is most important to you, and what you want to achieve within the next year. With your one-year goals established, determine what you need to do in order to achieve them. Break them down into smaller steps until you have a daily to-do list.
This is the exact same method that I am personally using. It has been developed by professional life coach – Larry Lewis. It is real easy to use and the results I am getting since I have started using it is unreal. Larry provides you with a practical approach to getting focused on your goals with a Single Page Plan. So there is no confusion with pages upon pages. You narrow it down to four major goals, focus on them, and only on them and achieve them one by one.
Even if you still have to stay in your normal day job for some time, write down what you need to do every day. Your environment is not going to assist you to achieve your goals. Everybody and everything is going to be competing for your attention. On your way to work you’ll be bombarded with billboards and advertisements in shop windows telling you to buy. Your car radio is going to tell you about all the latest specials, yet the next minute you’ll hear how we are about to hit the next recession!
Arriving at the office, nothing changes. Everybody is competing for your attention and your desk looks like…….well, let’s rather not even go there!
It is easy to see that not having a plan, goals or a system is very dangerous, as we have to face distractions every day. We need to get focused!
Click here to see what the most productive people do to reduce distractions.
Don’t Become A Product of Your Environment; Create the Environment of Your Choice.
It is true that we cannot control the outcome of everything in life. But it is also important to know that it is not always about what happens to us, but how we respond to what happens to us!
Everything in life starts with a decision. The decision to take control of your calendar can greatly reduce distractions in your environment and make it more productive. As I have previously discussed in a post on Time Management, the use of a calendar (or diary) is extremely important.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that creating a to-do list alone, is going to solve all your problems. Once you have your to-do list in place, you need to allocate specific times for each task. This will greatly reduce your stress levels, as you would know exactly when to do what.
Creating your ‘to-do list” is just the first step! Each item on your list has to be assigned a specific time on your schedule.”Why?” you ask.
It will allow you to prioritize and be efficient when doing each task. You’ll be more realistic about what can get done! Unless each task is on your calendar and assigned a specific time, it is only wishful thinking.
Unless you consider how long things will take, you will be destined for failure.
“But I get interrupted all the time and I have no control over that!” you might say.
Believe it or not….that’s normal. It happens to everybody. Make provision for that in your schedule. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but you need to have a plan, otherwise you will end up wasting time. Things will change, so be flexible but prepared.
When You Are Doing What, Is Important
Finally, you need to know that all hours in the day are not equal. Research shows that you have a window of 2 to 2.5 hours of peak productivity each day starting a couple of hours after waking. This normally occurs after about 1 to 2 hours of waking up.
So if you wake up at seven, your most productive time might be between 08:00 and 10:30. This should be the time that you spend on your most important and most demanding tasks – the tasks that would really make a difference.
Are You Ready To Get Your Life Back?
To conclude; we need to get focused and determine long-term goals for the next three to five years. Break these up into smaller goals which are to be achieved within one year, and write it down.
Create your to-do list and write down everything you need to do. Appoint scheduled times to every task on your to-do list. Determine what time of day is your time for peak performance, and protect that time to perform your most important and demanding tasks.
And the best of all, if you take action and apply the information as discussed, you’ll have lower stress levels and get a good night’s rest.
Reading “BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE” by Eric barker, I found this “Schedule Very Successful People Follow Every Day“.
Another great article by Eric Barker is “What good work habits do nearly all geniuses have in common?”
And one more very interesting one is “20 Things the Rich Do Every Day” by Dave Ramsey.
Thanks for reading.
Would you like to share with us what your greatest obstacles are? Or maybe you can tell us how you limit distractions? Tell us by leaving a comment below.