Getting things done

I have asked this question before, but not in this format: Why is it that we accomplish more the day before we leave on vacation or go on a trip than on normal days?I think urgency drives our actions. If you have a deadline at work or school, when do you do the most work? At the last minute! Why is that? Why can we not restructure our thinking so that the urgency is spread out over a few days instead of the last possible day?We have all enjoyed the tradition of cramming for an exam while in school, and I think a lot of us, myself included, cram too many tasks into one day, prior to leaving on a trip.I remember listening to a Zig Ziglar tape, yes tape; this was years ago, about how you accomplish more the day before vacation than any other day. Obviously I did not apply what I listened to, but I am committing myself to changing that; I want to get more done in less time so I am not cramming at the last minute!Some of these are rhetorical questions or thoughts running around in my head. I am curious about your thoughts; let me know if you cram at the last minute or if you have conquered your schedule and to-do list. If you have conquered your schedule and to-do list, let me know how you did it!One way that I am working on to make better use of my time; narrowing down the social networking sites that I use. I am focusing on one site for personal or fun use, and two sites for business connections or professional use. I think this will eliminate some of my time wasters and I will report back to let you know if it works.My other tool is to keep my inbox in check. Let’s face it, when we receive an email, the smart action is to act on it and then eliminate it. But sadly we, and that means me too, just keep the emails around for some reason. Not anymore, the in boxes will be at zero!Let me know what you think and get busy!!John

Comments

  1. I agree we need to get things done in a timely manner to decrease the stress on the other end. But I think we need to be careful that every task doesn’t become urgent. I think the key is to accurately identify which tasks are urgent, which need to be done sometime and which are just time wasting fillers. Usually those time wasters are things others have pressed upon us (to get them off their plate) or easy things we are doing to avoid difficult decisions.

  2. John, you are so right! It’s always amazing how we can accomplish so much when we impose a sense of emergency on ourselves ;~)Time management is one of the keys to success. Thanks for reminding me I need to act like I’m getting ready for vacation every day, then I’m so much closer to a real vacation!Bonnie

  3. You are so right about the email inbox. That is my problem. How can you have 230 unread emails?? Gotta work on that. Thanks for the reminder! Mark Joyner has a good program http://www.simpleology.com/

  4. I agree we need to get things done in a timely manner to decrease the stress on the other end. But I think we need to be careful that every task doesn’t become urgent. I think the key is to accurately identify which tasks are urgent, which need to be done sometime and which are just time wasting fillers. Usually those time wasters are things others have pressed upon us (to get them off their plate) or easy things we are doing to avoid difficult decisions.

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