Are you patiently waiting for success to come knocking on your door?
Wondering why it just has not happened for you yet? Your daily activities determine your success. How well you organize, plan, and manage your daily activities will help you stay in control of your time and have serious effects on your personal and professional success. Time management, your ability to control distractions, and your environment, will help you control your daily activities, and translate into a more successful future. So what do you spend your time doing? Many people simply don’t use their time well, then wonder why they are not seeing the kind of success they are wanting.
Time cannot be managed. Everyone gets 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. How we use that time is what we definitely have control of. “Busy work” is a huge time stealer. What do I mean when I say busy work? This is time spent disguised as work. Time not focused on achieving your goals. You can manage what you do with the amount of time you have. Start with having goals of what you want to achieve in your day. What success do you want to achieve personally and professionally. You must first determine where you want to be at the end of the day, month, and year.
Your physical and mental energy must also be managed in order to get the most out of the time you have in your day. Keeping yourself in optimum physical shape will help you have the physical energy you need to achieve your time management goals and create the success you are looking for. This means it is critical that you workout at least 4 times a week. Your mental energy must also be managed. In this mass information age, it is easy to get distracted by all the information coming at you, from the social media sites, E-mail, blogging and phone. These constant interruptions keep you busy, but distract you from completing tasks.
Schedule your time, to allow yourself the time to manage the information coming in. Plan on a certain amount of time per day to answer emails, phone calls, and social media messages. Plan on time each day also to be disconnected. Time that everything is turned off and you are able to truly focus without distractions.
Journal for one week your time schedule being sure to list the time you plan to start and finish each activity. The end time is important so that you don’t lose productivity. Keep a journal of what you actually do with your time and review the journal at the end of the week. Take note of where you lose time, get distracted and want to improve. When working from home it is especially easy to get distracted.
Pay attention to your environment. What types of activities are you doing and in what type of environment are you doing them in. Different types of activities require different types of environment in order for you to have your greatest success. Being creative or writing requires a different type of environment than answering phone calls or e-mails. Studying or learning a new skill may require a third type of environment, a Starbucks, for example. Find the best type of environment for each type of activity that you do, that works for you. If you are not achieving your goals or are hitting a roadblock consider changing your environment. Some of your best ideas may come when you are not in your office.
Success is based on the things you do every day. Setting your goals for time, and managing yourself in the time you have will help you create the success you want in your personal and professional life. Schedule your daily activities with a start and finish time. Journal your activities for a week and review the journal. Look for areas to improve. Be aware of the distractions in your day. Have time scheduled where you are distraction free and also time scheduled where you can take care of phone calls, emails etc. Create the ideal environment for the different types of activities that you do. These few daily activities will help you achieve your goals for your success.