|Do you feel like your day is spent in “firefighter” mode – putting out one emergency blaze after another?
You can easily spend eight hours or more at the beck and call of the urgent activities on your list: The phone call that comes right when you’re sitting down to do some much-needed strategic planning, the unexpected invitation to contribute to a blog round-up, the desperate plea for a last-minute speaker on an industry teleconference. While these all might be worthy tasks, they’re not necessarily related to your high-level goals. And as a result, the time you’ve set aside for your important activities can be usurped by the tyranny of the urgent.
Yes, it’s hard to ignore a ringing phone or a full email inbox. But if you want to move your business to the next level quickly, you need to have a system for focusing on the important tasks instead of the urgent ones.
Here are five tips for keeping your attention in the right spot:
1. Know what “important” is.
2. Create zones with no distractions.
3. Set expectations.
4. Create systems to support your new habits.
5. Remind yourself you can’t do everything.
It can be very uncomfortable to leave things undone, or to choose not to respond to certain invitations or requests. Remind yourself of the big picture, and hold fast to that vision.
Urgent vs. Important:
Be aware of what group your tasks fit in, assign the time to do (or not to do) the work. This will help you manage your day and your tasks with a lot less stress and a lot more productivity.
If you have decided you need help with some of the tasks, feel free to book a complimentary consult to discuss how Time on Task can help you.
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