Friday, November 21, 2008

Plan to Succeed

Begin to compare your current use of time to your important goals. Are you using your time most efficiently? Here are some action steps you can take to move you toward your goals.

1. Use a calendar system. Life is too complicated to rely on memory.
Properly using a good calendar system can add hours to your life.

2. Each week, schedule your calendar for the next week.

3. Each day, review your weekly schedule. Plan your day to support your weekly goals, but allow for flexibility to handle “emergencies.” Leave room so that you can respond to last-minute changes. If you schedule your day too rigidly, you will create unnecessary additional stress when things go wrong and you have to juggle your plans.

4. Schedule creative or challenging activities for your peak hours.

5. Stop procrastinating.

6. Question assumptions. Don’t assume that because you’ve always done something, you should continue to do it. Always ask, “Is this necessary?” “Is there a faster/easier/better/more efficient way of doing this?”

7. Avoid ambiguous language. Make requests and give instructions as specifically as possible. Ask others to repeat what they think you said and immediately correct any miscommunication. Listen to your words. Are they concrete and specific or vague and obscure? The more precise your word choices, the clearer your communication and the less need for repetition.

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