Time Management – It’s All About Setting Priorities

One of the biggest obstacles with time management is not necessarily that you can’t manage your time, it’s that you’re not setting your weekly priorities.

If you don’t know what you want or need to accomplish for the week, it’s difficult to sit down and actually do the work. By setting your weekly priorities and then breaking them down into daily priorities, you can get a lot more done and learn to manage your time better. You can start with 3 priority lists:

 

Top Priority: These are things that must be done.

Medium Priority: Should be done, but not as important as top priorities.

Low Priority: Usually things that are necessary, but can be done when top and medium priorities are done.

First thing each morning, you need to decide what absolutely has to be done that day. Once you know what those things are get busy doing them. Turn off all distractions and concentrate on your priorities. When you get focused on certain tasks it usually doesn’t take as long to do them as you think. Plus, if its things you do on a regular basis you’ll get much faster.

Once you get your top priority list done, you can focus on the medium priority tasks. You may want to take a short break to regroup and focus. Go take a short walk, have a cup of tea, coffee or your favourite beverage.

If you want to spend your break time checking email or social media, be sure to set a timer so you don’t spend too long on it.

After your medium priorities are done you can start on your low priority items. These may not need as much focus as your other priorities so you can relax a little bit, but don’t let that stop you from getting them done. Low priority tasks may be things you can outsource too. You will need to allow time to set that up and discuss the items with your virtual assistant. If you do outsource those things that will give you more time to really focus on your top and medium priorities.

If you work in this manner you’ll train yourself to get things done and create more free time for yourself as you start mastering time management.

Till Next Time

Mike Gardner – The Time Doctor

Mike Gardner aka ‘The Time Doctor’ and is highly regarded as one of the UK’s leading Time Management and productivity specialists. As well as being regularly featured in both online and off-line media outlets around the world, he is the author of the best selling time management book, Business Owners: Your Family Misses You. He regularly speaks on topics that are congruent with his mission of helping small business owners, entrepreneurs and independent professionals to be incredibly productive, whilst still balancing their business and family commitments in a way that enables them to feel fulfilled and guilt-free. He is an avid Aston Villa fan, a Dad to Neil & Emma, a hubby to Wendy and in his role as an Officer with the reserve forces, he has completed operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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5 thoughts on “Time Management – It’s All About Setting Priorities

  1. Hi

    I can relate to what Scott said – I start off with a plan in mind but one of two things will happen:

    a) fire-fighting – for instance most of my work etc comes by email and today my email “broke”
    b) someone who is meant to do something so I can move onto the next step in my plan, lets me down

    I’m not bad at controlling “myself” it’s controlling external events / people that I can’t do.

    Joy

  2. Hi,
    I write an advice blog and have often blogged about saving time. I guess great minds think alike!
    Janice

  3. Funnily enough I’ve just been reading about this in Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy, a book I’ve returned to as it’s our book club read of the month. I used to use the ABC system, A being high priority, B medium and C low priority and that worked really well for me, thanks for the reminder! :)
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  4. Great post! I know from my own experience if I do not prioritize I’ll get bogged down doing lots pot meaningless tasks and at the end of the day there are still one or two things left undone that needed to be done. Also, the timer idea for getting on social media is excellent!
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