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More Tips for Simplifying Time Commitments

After my last post, I received several emails and Twitter questions asking for more tips on simplifying time commitments. Here are a few quickie tips for taking control of your calendar.

  • Say no to requests that don’t fit your goals. Seriously evaluate any and all requests and tasks as to how they fit in with your goals and your desired lifestyle before committing.
  • Trim the To-Do list. My To-Do list is crazy. I’m one of those people that writes every little thing down, just because I’m afraid I’ll forget something I “wanted” or “needed” to do. Nowadays, I write my list…then see if I can delete half of it right away. I’ve been amazed at how many things I thought I “needed” to do that really never needed to be worried about at all.
  • Do it little by little. This is the most important one for me right now. I have a tendency to procrastinate on projects that I think may take a lot of work or that I just don’t want to do. Now I’m developing the habit of breaking those projects down and working on them a little everyday so that the “big” projects can start to become smaller ones.
  • Make a daily plan, and stick to it. I’m currently in the middle of a great audio program (“No Excuses!” by Brian Tracy) that focuses on self-discipline to accomplish your goals. Part of the program involves practicing discipline by planning out what you need to do and then doing it even if you don’t feel like it. In practice, I’m making a daily To-Do list of things I need to do to move toward my goals, and then I’m not hitting the hay until I’ve completed each item on the day’s list, whether I feel like it or not. It’s been grueling some days, but I can now honestly say I’m spending more of my time working on things that really matter to me.

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2 Replies

  1. Thanks for the tips, especially the one about saying “no” to work that doesn’t fit with my goals. I have trouble doing that.
    I find I’m much more productive during the day if I can accomplish just one small thing when I first get up in the morning. Whether it’s loading the laundry machine or calling an East Coast business contact, doing it at 8:00am (before the workday REALLY begins) helps keep me on track the rest of day. When I don’t get that first productive step done I often procrastinate more or slack off the rest of the day.

  2. Layla

    Thanks – especially the To-do list tip. It gets overwhelming and there are things on it that aren’t urgent or important that I just want to do “eventually”

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