Time Management

July 21st, 2009 by Rob Willis Leave a reply »

There are so many posts that I would like to share with you, and in saying that there is so much I want to do in regards to traffic generation for my other sites & developing my online income, not to mention spending time on my ‘real job’ and with my family.

You see many of us face the same issue from day to day. We often hear people saying that ‘I just don’t have enough time’, or “Life just got in the way”.

So we must stop and think of Time management more than just a skill, we must take a step back and look at time management from the bigger picture of ‘Life Management’.

After all what is our time, but our life!

You see if you are  like me, many of you will have the greatest intentions. We sit down behind our computer, looking to add some content to our blog, or perhaps, compose a new follow up email for our opt-in list, or perhaps compose a new article to publish on a few article sites….

But then we sit down & click the Send/Receive Button on our email and then stuff just starts to get in the way…..

I for one am guilty of this. So easily the distractions of other things get in the way, and without a plan, they will continue to stop us doing the things that we originally set out to accomplish.

This is where we need to sit down and start planning our day.

This is usually best done the night before.

  1. Sit down and write down at least the top six things you plan to accomplish the following day.
  2. Prioritize these tasks from 1 – 6
  3. The following day, start with task 1 & continue with this until it is either finished, or until you get to a point with the task, that you can no longer move forward due to the requirement of addition resource or perhaps you need more information.
  4. When you have completed task 1, move on to Task 2 and complete in the same manner as described above.
  5. Move on down through the list, until you run out of time.
  6. Anything that is left over at the end of the day from your first list, move to the top of the following days list, and start again.

An alternative to this method is to plan your day, hour by hour, or even in 15 minute blocks.

Still plan your day the night before, but plan your day in increments.

For example:

8:00 – 8:15 –  read & follow-up your email.

8:15 – 8:45 – Reply to Blog Comments

8:45 – 10:00 – Add new Blog Content

10:00 – 12:00 – Write article for article directories.

etc.

I understand that most of us have real jobs, and we cannot plan our days as described above, but we can work the plan and come up with our own schedule.

*** However, keep in mind,  when scheduling your time, be sure to schedule personal time for exercise, family & “me” time. ***

Also, when you are planing & scheduling your time, remember to be flexible.

Sometimes life does get in the way… You or a loved one may get sick, or some other unexpected situation may occur.

But is saying this, we can also come up with so many excuses as to why we are unable to complete our task list.

Only you can determine what is & isn’t important!

Keeping with this, I am sure many of you have heard before, start analysing your time. Keep a daily journal with you, and keep notes on exactly how you use your time. (Especially the time you spend on the Internet)

You may be surpised to see that even though you may have been busy all day, you were not particularly productive…….

And that is the crux of the matter. Many of us do not want to be held accountable for all of the time that we waste each day. And I, as much as anyone else, need to start being held accountable. Because if you do not hold yourself accountable, who else will????

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they may have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn

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4 comments

  1. David Walker says:

    Hi Rob,

    Great post on the vital topic of time management. I have been guilty of wasting literally MONTHS of time online and spending 10-12 hours a day in front of the PC getting absolutely NOTHING done!

    Scheduling and Daily Did sheets are a great way of keeping you on track which is all the more essential when you don’t have a boss breathing down your neck.

    Keep in touch.

    David
    .-= David Walker´s last blog ..New eBook – Stop Slogging Start Blogging! =-.

    • Rob Willis says:

      Thanks David.
      As you know, this post simply scratches the surface on the subject of Time Management.

      Personally I have also worked better from a list. Plan your work & then work your plan.

      One of my favourite books on the subject of Time Management is “Eat That Frog” by Brian Tracy.

      Regards,

      Rob

  2. Hey Rob,

    Great post my man, also great to connect with you here buddy, look forward to doing so more often in future!

    I completely agree with this. When I stopped myself checking emails and Twitter all the time and limited emails to twice a day at set times, my productivity literally doubled.

    That one basic thing really did make me get two weeks worth of work done in a week!

    Its THAT important!

    Thats for the reminder man and well written post!
    .-= Josh Bartlett´s last blog ..Video Marketing, Where do I start? =-.

    • Rob Willis says:

      Thanks Josh.

      It is so easily to get distracted by the little things.

      I remember when I first started using Twitter. The number of hours I wasted checking my stats & writing tweets.

      But like anything else, even the most helpfull tool can become a time waster is not managed correctly.

      Regards,

      Rob

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