You might already have read my previous post “Time mastery for Internet Marketers” and are wondering, So what?
Why do you keep harping on this point over and over again?
For the fact that it’s:
- The most equal resource, regardless of rank, wealth, status, all of us have 24 hours a day.
- The greatest resource any of us can have. It can’t be bought, no matter how much money you may have.
- It’s a one-way resource, it flows in one direction. (Time may move slower at the speed of light, accordingly to Einstein, but that’s outside of this post)
It also happens to be the most badly managed and most wasted resource any of us will have. At least 90% of people will spend an entire day achieving less than 5 minutes of productive work. In many cases, it is 0 minutes!
Why does this happen?
There’s a poor connection between our:
- our actions
- and ultimately the outcomes
Our values determine who we are and how we see ourselves.
Is what you’re doing at work or in your entrepreneurial venture creating meaning for you?
Is it something you’re looking forward to each day?
If you are energized each day working on expanding your business, that’s great.
If you are less than enthusiastic, you have 3 outcomes:
- Do nothing about it
- Do something about it
Doing nothing is self-explanatory. The pattern will repeat itself
Quitting: while it will remove you from the situation, you may not be able to better your situation.
Doing something: by shifting your mindset, you can achieve better results.
My previous post on time mastery has addressed some of the mindset shifting and I’d like to add the element of timeslicing.
Find your peak performance time. It varies from individual to individual. If you are a morning person, perhaps you might like to do it once you’ve woken up. If you’re a night person, maybe just before you retire for the night.
Timeslicing involves allocating time to achieve specific tasks.
- Set aside an hour a day.
- During this time, you are to focus solely on the task at hand
- Turn off your mobile phone, email, instant messengers
- Lock the door
- Keep away magazines, newspapers, mail
During this hour, you are to work at your peak efficiency.
It may not be easy to disregard distractions at the beginning, but the more you do this, the more efficient you will become.
Some who have an ingrained pattern of wasting lots of time might be tempted to shoot for 4 or 5 hours. This may work for the first day or two, but the disruption in your routine might throw you off and the pattern will collapse after the third day.
Strive to achieve an hour a day and keep it up for at least 21 days.
Once you have mastered this and it becomes part of your daily routine, you can move up to one and a half hours for the next 21 days and subsequently two hours.
In time, you will find yourself becoming very productive.
By timeslicing and segragating a chunk of time that you must be productive, you will find your personal efficiency reaching a new level.