If I was to ask you what is your most valuable resource? Some of you would say money, some would say your intellect, but I bet most of you would eventually on reflection say Time.
Time to work, time to spend with family, time to relax and time to do the things we perceive must be done. Most of us never have enough time and this can have a negative impact on our personal and business lives.
Feeling time poor leads to stress. Now some people, usually those that are not stressed, say that stress is good for you. So-called "good stress," is what psychologists refer to as ‘eustress’.
This is what happens when we enjoy a thrilling fun fair ride or experience a first date. In this situation our pulse quickens, our hormones change, but there is no threat or fear. However long term stress is as volatile as an Icelandic volcano and something nobody wants to experience.
One of the key triggers for long term stress is lack of time.
Many of us spend our time trying to do everything and then on reflection realizing that we have achieved little or nothing of what we set out to do. This is usually all down to poor time management and a lack of clarity over what we are trying to achieve.
Over the years I am sure you have all tried many time management tactics and perhaps attended a few sessions over the years but how many tips can your remember and how many techniques do you apply in your life every day?
The power of 3
A technique I have been using is something I would like to share with you; I call this the power of three. Now if you google this you end up with an episode of Dr Who, the Time lord, which I think is rather appropriate don’t you think?
This is a simple but impactful technique which if used regularly can become part of your planning DNA and help you get more done and save time for the things you enjoy doing.
Get yourself a pen and paper and every morning write down the three most important things you need to achieve that day. It can be business or personal.
Take ten minutes and reflect on what really must be done.
Write down what it is as a descriptive sentence not just a word or phrase. Make it real in your own words using plain English.
Then write down why you have to do this.
If it can wait or does not need to be done then relegate it from today’s top three.
When you have your top three you have your plan for the day, and it’s time for action.
Try it, and you will see that it works; you will even find that if you are focused on achieving the top three things that really matter each day you get more done. Because you know why they are important you can manage your stress and focus on what really matters.
You might even become your very own version of a time lord making more time in your life.
John Joe McGinley Glassagh Consulting
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