Everyone can use a little help with time management. Its the ultimate organization tool. If you can get things done when they need to get done and do them effectively, all areas of your life will flourish.  You will be able to come home on time to spend time with your significant other and or kids, you will not miss deadlines at work and you will have time to do the things you enjoy.

Mark Forster’s book, get everything done and still have time to play is a guide book on how to change the cycles in your life so you CAN use your time as effectively as possible.  Three points that struck me right at the start of the book are as follows:

Good time managers are decisive, poor time managers are impulsive.
Good time managers work from the big picture, bad time managers get bogged down in trivia.
Good time managers response to fear is action.  Poor time managers response is avoidance.
These are great things to think about and how they related to you personally.  Which type of time manager are you and why?
Do you know what the number one tool for being more effective at time management is?  Saying no.  We all have the tendency to over commit ourselves.  Sometimes, after really evaluating what you have to do in a day/week, etc you realized that its just not humanly possible to accomplish all that you have committed to.
Here are two activities I really enjoyed from the book (these are much less detailed versions of the activities):
Activity 1: Write down all your areas of commitment.
Then write down the percentage of time you dedicate to them.  (This has to add up to 100%).
Then write down the percentage of time they SHOULD get do be effective in that area (also has to add up to 100%).  This gives you an idea of what you need to adjust.
Activity 2: For everything on your list give it a must do, should do, or could do.  Now you can see a little bit more clearly what is important and what can just be left for a later time (or abandoned).
For every task you have in your life you need to determine when it will be done  Do you have definite time to accomplish something?  Often, if the answer is no, you do not every “find” time to tackle the item.  There are three types of tasks:
Those with a time attached to them, such as a meeting.
Those without a time attached to them.
Those that should have a time attached.
Ask yourself if you’re giving yourself the time you need to accomplish your tasks?
If something is truly daunting to you and you’ve been putting it off for a long time Mark suggests using a five minute rule.  Just start the task and spend five minutes working on it.  From there, you may have a more clear understanding of what needs to be done, when it should be done or if it’s worth doing at all.
Big projects can be a challenge to time management.  Break them down into tasks that you can tackle today.  Once you get going, it will help you determine the amount of time necessary for the project as a whole.  Also, recognize that your list may change with time, that’s okay.
When you are resisting doing something, that’s a good idea that it should be done first.  Think about what you’re dreading most and possibly start there in your day.  If nothing else, you’ll feel great when its done.  Also, its important to become aware of when you are acting on impulse versus making a choice to do something or accomplish a task.  If you get redirected by every news story or email that comes in, you will never accomplish what’s necessary on a daily basis.
These are just SOME of the tips in this amazing book!  Its a book that’s small in size but big on information.  You can take a peek at Mark’s books here: http://markforster.squarespace.com/get-everything-done/
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