Time.. the most precious commodity each one of us has – once spent, you can never get it back. It’s not like money where once it’s gone, you can just go out and make as much as you want. No my friends, time is different.. our time is limited and not a single person on the planet knows how long they have on this planet, so isn’t it wise for us to use our time as wisely as possible?
Majority of people seem to have too many things undone at the end of each day.. and the mountain of to do’s get’s worse and worse! I definitely know how that feel, and as it’s been one of my major focuses recently, I wanted to share a tool I’ve learnt, adapted, and now use daily to begin my day with purpose, and get the most important things done. As Stephen Covey, quotes as being the Socrates of the 20th Century, in the bestseller ‘The 7 Habits of highly Effective People,’ Habit #3 is Putting First Things First.
Quotes on Planning
“He who fails to plan, plans to fail.” – Proverb
“I am definitely going to take a course on time management… just as soon as I can work it into my schedule.” – Louis E. Boone
“He who gains time gains everything.” – Benjamin Disraeli
“Time lost is never found again.” – Benjamin Franklin
“Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year — and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade!” – Anthony Robbins
“Planning is bringing the future into the present, so that you can do something about it now.” – Alan Lakein
“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” – Stephen Covey
“Never begin the day until it is finished on paper.” – Jim Rohn
My Action => Results Tool
You can download the pdf here that I use on a daily basis to plan and prioritise my day… its simple, its easy, and can be put into practice straight away. Remember to focus on things that will bring you results, and that are in line with your goals and purpose.
– Write the date
– Write a list of things you need to do for the next day (you never plan on the day)
– Number them 1 – 5 in list of importance, #1 being the most important task for the day
– Find a quote you’ll focus, repeat and reflect on throughout the day
– List the 5 most important tasks in order, allocating time needed for each (a good rule is whatever time you think you’ll need, times it by 2)
– Now, schedule the 5 most important tasks in your day, so you guarantee their success, and work everything else around it
– At the end of the day, write your biggest daily learning / lesson
– Keep in a file to track your daily progress
– Welcome to a FOCUSED and PRODUCTIVE LIFE 🙂
Stephen Covey’s Time Matrix
Stephen Covey also gave a great tool for managing time which I use to keep me in line. You can categorise each of the tasks you have into 4 categories… your main goal is to work as much as possible in quadrant 2!
You can also watch a very POWERFUL video about Stephen Covey and the 7 Habits.. the BEST PART is Stephens live example of prioritising.. which begins at 11:20.