The prerequisite to managing time is establishing priorities. Priorities point us to the things that must be done. Perhaps more important, priorities point out activities that are best left undone.
A person with priorities does what matters. A person without priorities does what is urgent. If you don’t have priorities, you’ll end up overbooked, overworked, and overwhelmed.
You create priorities by first asking what’s important to you and what’s important to your organization (values). Mission and vision explain how you and your organization matter—the difference you want to make. Once you clearly understand the big three, you’re ready to establish priorities.
Priorities should always be about people, never about processes, procedures, or possessions. They explain your impact on your organization, colleagues, family, friends, and the community at large. Once you understand and establish priorities you’re ready to effectively manage your time.
Eliminate, Delegate, Thrive
Here’s the good news. Everything you need to know about getting a grip on time is contained in three simple words: eliminate, delegate, and thrive.
* Eliminate: Stop unnecessary or low priority tasks
* Delegate: Assign tasks to others.
* Thrive: Become more efficient.