Apply Focus

Focus is crucial for time management, and the fewer priorities you focus on at once, the more productive you will be. After you have your major time priorities for the year established, you should allocate them by week or by month. A lot of our time each week is going to be eaten up by nonstrategic items that we have no control over; hence it is important to limit the number of strategic time goals we have for each week. So even if you have ten strategic time goals for the year, you may want to focus on no more than one or two of them in any given week. For example, in a particular week you may plan on working on your number one time objective.

Set Aside Uninterrupted Time

Every week you should make up a detailed time plan, which you modify each day as needed. Except in times of crisis, try to make sure day-to-day issues don’t push your strategic time priorities off your schedule. Generally your major strategic time priorities will involve such activities as planning, thinking, and developing ideas. More so than day-to-day issues, such activities require big blocks of uninterrupted time. Constant interruption kills any hope of effective time management.

Reduce Distractions

One way to avoid interruption is to make it clear that when your door is closed you are not to be disturbed. Another is to have regular meetings, such as every week, with the people that you interact with the most and insist on saving non pressing issues for these meetings. Wasting too much time getting daily updates on routine activities as opposed to waiting for a more meaningful weekly summary is ineffective.

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