In this post I tell you the one reason you don’t have time to do the important things, and give you a tip for how you can begin doing more of the important things.
In my last post I talked about figuring out why you’re here. If you missed that post, or still don’t have the answer, then this post will not help you. Please go back and read that post, or watch the accompanying video.
We all have access to 24 hours a day. Whether you’re a poor single mother or a millionaire banker we all have access to the same amount of time. What differs is what we choose to allocate that fixed amount of time to. If we choose to allocate our time to tasks that are trivial, that serve only to please others or are generally unproductive then that leaves us with less time to allocate to the tasks that are actually important to us.
The reason you currently “don’t have time” is that you’re simply prioritising the wrong things.
According to 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey there are four types of task:
Important, but not urgent
These are the tasks you want to spend most of your time on. You need to allocate time to the important tasks – according to your purpose – that are not urgent. These will be maintenance tasks relating to your body (diet and exercise), skill set, relationships and equipment. This will also be taking action on your goals.
Important and urgent
This is also known as a crisis. You’ll need to deal with these immediately. You can avoid getting into this situation in the first place by dealing with important tasks ahead of time like I described earlier.
Urgent, but not important
Urgency is not the same as importance. Some tasks need to be done, but not necessarily by you. Delegate urgent, but unimportant, tasks wherever possible (e.g. to junior colleagues, to relatives)
Not urgent and not important
Don’t bother completing these tasks. They’re a waste of time.
Tip – plan your time.
Use a diary or Outlook calendar to set aside time in the week or month ahead to your important, but not urgent, tasks. I’m going to talk a lot about planning in my upcoming posts, so stay tuned.
Once you prioritise your time towards the right things you get the things that are truly important to you done.
Watch my video on this very topic.
So – do you now have time? Let me know in the comments below.
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In my next post I’ll be answering the question “does size matter?” Get your mind out of the gutter and stay tuned for that.
Until next time, make it happen.