How to do everything
"Success is time."
Despite the fact that the pace of life is accelerating daily, it is possible to find time for everything you want to do.
Scientists estimate that the efficiency of most people does not exceed 0.65. However, among leading top managers this indicator approaches one. And this does not mean that the people who do everything are special. It's just that they are fluent in time management techniques. The basic principle of this science is: "Time is not enough for someone who does not know how to use it."
Here eight secrets of top managers on the rational use of their time. You just have to use them.
Secret One and Main: Planning
If you never planned anything, then it's time to start learning this right now.
Plan your menu for the week. It may seem difficult, but as soon as you get involved - you will understand - how great it is.
Firstly - you will spend less time in the supermarket, purchasing products - you will already have a ready-made list of everything you need for a week.
Secondly, you will save yourself from the need to “run into the store” simply because you do not have a couple of ingredients to prepare a dish.
Thirdly, you will save not only time, but also money, because you will stop buying excess products that, after spending a week in the refrigerator, go bad and are thrown away because you had no idea how to cook them at the time of purchase .
You can and should plan everything that you do daily. For top managers, time is allocated in such a way that they spend 65% of it on fulfilling planned tasks according to a pre-drawn up plan, from which they deviate only in the most extreme cases. However, the most successful people have an action plan for the most extreme cases. It is worth considering this.
Fourth - your food will become more diverse and, of course, tastier. And your family members will definitely notice this, who will be happy to help you plan the menu for the next week.
To start just make a to-do listwhich you just need to do during each week. If there is an opportunity, put down the time that you spend on its implementation opposite each case. Check the time by the clock when you will do something and add data to your list. It will take you some time, but it will help in the future to distribute the load more efficiently.
See how your affairs are distributed by day of the week. It is possible that some days are packed to capacity, and some are more free. To get started, simply distribute things by day of the week more evenly.
Make to-do lists with dates and times for a week and for every day. An ideal place to place such a glider is the refrigerator door in the kitchen. There, your to-do list will always be in front of you and your household.
Second secret: get rid of time eaters.
Now make a second list. Write in it everything that you did today during the day. Include in it everything that you did today: search for a scarf that disappeared just at the moment when you were about to leave the house, talking with a friend on the phone, watching a series, watching photos on the Internet and so on.
Browse this list. Be fair and self-critical. Which on this list did not help you, but only took away your precious time. Write across from each of these cases - what can you do so that this time eater no longer bothers you. For example: to allocate a special box, drawer or shelf in the hallway for scarves, gloves and umbrellas, where you will always put them and where it will be easy to find them. Or: make a list of TV shows that are actually worth watching, and refuse to view the rest.
Look - how much time you spend complaining about that. that you don’t have time? The next time you feel you are running out of time and you feel like complaining to someone, just go back to doing things on the list.
The third secret: solve all problems on time.
Most successful top managers prefer to solve problems before they become a hindrance to work or have grown. This also helps planning.
Having drawn up a plan of obligatory affairs, you will see which of them should be done in advance, so that at the hour “X” they will not require you to make heroic efforts to solve them. For example, check out winter shoes and clothing for your family members in early fall. Repair everything that needs repair in advance, and not at the moment when the snow falls and you find that you have nothing to walk.
The fourth secret: do not put off until later.
The temptation to "do it tomorrow" is very great. But if you have a clear to-do list, then you will realize that tomorrow you will not be able to find the time to complete the tasks that have been postponed from today. To make it easier for you - make it a rule to do the most unpleasant things for you at the beginning, and then proceed to more pleasant. For some top managers, this approach is called “swallow a frog” - this means that during the day you need to do one difficult or not too pleasant thing so that it no longer hangs with a Damocle sword above your head and does not interfere with focusing on other, more pleasant things.
The fifth secret. Delegate authoritySimply put - delegate everything you can delegate! Top managers always know that their time is too expensive to spend it on performing secondary work or work that can be entrusted to someone else.
Use household services, for example, take laundry to the laundry instead of washing and ironing it yourself on a weekly basis.
Include all members of your family. Let everyone, even the smallest member of the family, have their own permanent responsibilities. Check out the to-do list of all “stakeholders” Explain to them that the fulfillment of certain duties by them will allow more time to be allocated for joint rest, for example.
The sixth secret. Give up perfectionism
About the benefits of planning:
Written plan does not let idle. After all, the list will tell you exactly where to go at the moment and what to do.
Plan gives more guarantees that everything necessary will be fulfilled. It helps to remember all urgent matters.
Plan gives satisfaction from the work done. It is so nice to see at the end of the day that everything that has been planned has been completed, but that time is still left! It is a great pleasure to confidently move forward every day of your life.
Making up plan for tomorrow, week, month, year, you begin to understand that you yourself decide your fate. The fulfillment of life by events, the implementation of what is planned depends on you.
Not a single spot! Not a single speck of dust! Only perfect order! Don't you think. what is that too? Could you live in a museum? Hardly! Maybe you should stop bringing everything to a brilliant result and allow yourself to be a little imperfect? For example, children's toys can be collected in the evening in a pile from the floor into one large plastic drawer on wheels, and not seated in the correct order on the shelves of the cabinet. We do not call for negligence, but it is worthwhile to maintain a certain balance between the quality of the work performed and the time spent on its implementation.
How joyful when you have time for everything! You work, do fitness, communicate with your family and do not forget your girlfriends. You are a good wife, an attentive daughter and daughter-in-law. And largely due to the fact that you have a plan!
The seventh secret. Encourage yourself to complete the plan.Top managers are able to plan not only work, but also rest. On their list there is a place for a family dinner and for going to the cinema with children and for visiting the theater together with your soulmate and time for yourself. As soon as you start planning your time, you will see that it will become easier to find time to take care of yourself or organize a trip to nature. Just add this to your monthly plan. It will take its place in your routine and you will immediately see what and when you need to do to ensure that this event gives you maximum pleasure.
For example, to go with her husband to a concert of her beloved singer, you need to pre-order tickets, two weeks before the event give the dress to dry cleaning, check if the dress and handbag are in order and sign up for a beauty salon, and a couple of days before the desired evening pick up the dress and visit the hairdresser in time. As you can see, the secret of an unforgettable evening is effective time planning.
Secret eight: allow yourself to be spontaneousAs we wrote above, top managers plan at least 65% of their time. But at least 20% of the time they always leave for something unplanned. So allow yourself to be spontaneous and sometimes briefly and far away from your plan.
Important: To develop some skill, you need to perform certain actions within the 21st day. To get involved in planning, you need to make daily plans for only three weeks. After this period, you will see that planning has organically entered the life of your family, and you have begun to do much more and you have enough time for everything.
Time is an irreplaceable resource. It leaves irrevocably. But with the help of personal time management, you can get a gain in time of 25-30%. Imagine that you get a few extra hours a day to complete all the tasks and start today!