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By Chuck Sweeney
As the saying goes, there’s never enough time. But we all know that there is!! Good Time Management and Priority Setting skills put us in a position to know what is most important, right now, and to get that completed first and on time. So whether it is your goal to lose 10 pounds or to create a better relationship with an old friend or relative, or meeting your productivity objectives for the year, you need to be clear on those intentions and develop a plan for achievement.
One of the best ways of staying on top of things is to create a Daily To-Do list. However, often the list is so long (usually because we allow it to build and build) that it’s overwhelming in our minds. If you are looking at a list of 20 things to do or 25 calls to return, you quickly lose your enthusiasm for the tasks at hand and the confidence to get anything completed. A friend of mine manages this overwhelming stagnation by putting a post-it note over the to-do list and just writes on it the 3 items that are most critical. Once he gets those out of the way, another post-it goes where the last one rested and he takes on the next three.
As you get overdue on a project, behind on your sales goal, or not taking the time to rebuild an important relationship, your self-esteem declines. Low self-esteem is a debilitating condition that keeps individuals from realizing their full potential. On the other hand, many leaders believe that the strongest factor for success is self-esteem.
The key is Event Control, especially activities that you control 100%. You don’t need other people’s input or approval. When you take control of events/activities, your productivity increases, and as output improves, you generate an upsurge in your self-esteem. You create momentum. Increases in self-esteem cause you to want to Control more Activities, which further increases productivity, which builds Self-Esteem…and so on and so on!
If the goal is to build a better relationship with a sibling. Here’s three things that you control 100%.
1. Call your sibling.
2. Put a monthly “Call your Brother” task in your calendar.
3. Suggest a “get-together.
Overdue on a project?
1. Ask co-worker if they can move something you need to the top of their “stack.”
2. Talk to your boss about reprioritizing your workload so that you can finish that project ASAP.
3. Put in a few extra hours until you are out of the hole.
Behind on Sales Goal?
1. Put Sales Calls on top of your to-dos.
2. Call satisfied customers for referrals.
3. Increase calendar time for appointments.
When to start? How about now!!
Chuck Sweeney is a Business and Performance Coach who works with Small Business Owners and Leaders and is NCET’s VP of Special Projects. NCET is a member-supported non-profit that produces educational and networking events to help people explore business and technology. This column originally appeared in the Reno Gazette-Journal.