Don’t tell me you don’t have time – just plan better
I always hear the same complaints: “I don’t know where to start!”, “I don’t have time for this!”, “I’ve tried it so many times, but my day has only 24 hours!” And so on and so on.
Why is it that so many people use “I don’t have time” as an excuse NOT to do what they are asked to do, or what they want to do? And the worst part is, they get away with it!
On the other hand, it can be so easy to do it differently. You just need structure and discipline. Here are five easy steps to be more relaxed and happy about time constraints:
- Write a daily plan and keep it simple – a “to do” list
- Make it a habit to end your work day by writing your plan for the next day (don’t waste time planning in the morning)
- Attack the most difficult tasks (or the ones you least want to do) first
- Track your progress – cross things off the list as they are completed
- Start your plan for the next day with any items that weren’t completed from today’s plan
In a nutshell: If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!
Claudia Irmer is a Results Consultant for Cohen Brown Management (Europe) Ltd.