Get Your Act Together
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Get Your Act Together
Organize your time
So, are you ready to admit that you have a time management problem? Don’t be embarrassed. You’re not alone. If you are an entrepreneur or if you are in sales, you are always going to have more work than you can get done. However, there are some key strategies you can employ that will greatly help you to organize your time.
The first key is to have an organized list of projects that need to get done. Making the list is relatively easy. Don’t worry about the sequence. Get everything written down. Feel free to keep adding additional items to the list as you think of them. Once you’ve put them to paper, you can keep them from cluttering your thoughts. You want your head to be clear so that you can concentrate on picking off these projects.
Next, organize your projects into two categories: Thinking projects and projects that don’t require conscious thought. A thinking project might be writing a sales proposal, doing an estimate, or creating a marketing campaign. You can only concentrate on one of these projects at a time. Projects that don’t require conscious thought can include filing, shredding, or printing out materials. You can get these done when you find yourself involved in a long phone conversation — especially with people who do most of the talking.
You do want to set some priorities to move your most important projects along. If you know what your top three are, concentrate only on them until one of them is completely done. When that happens, you can move project number four into the top three. The reason I suggest you have three projects going at once is because at some point, you’re going to get to a bottleneck where you can’t move ahead any further. When that happens, switch to one of the other top projects and keep moving them towards the finish line.
Try using these techniques and you’ll find that your most important projects are finally being addressed and you be able to report on your progress—and soon, on your project completions.
Let me hear from you.
Having a clear mind and a clear space allows you to think with purpose.- Erika Oppenheimer
(This excerpt is taken from seminar “Organizational Excellence VI: Organizing Your Time.” I encourage you to register for this great event on August 5, 2021 at the Melhorn Manor in Mount Joy, PA.