Time is a valuable resource, but as discussed in “Time Management? – No such thing…(Part 1)“, we don’t manage time, we merely utilize it. We manage our activities. Understanding the distinction between the two seems quite important…
Have you ever taken the approach to a day (or perhaps many days) that, “I’ll just take care of these less important, often trivial, tasks then get to the important stuff later?” The trivial tasks list (lengthy at times) is ever-so-admirably accomplished and (too) much of the day is devoted to them. Then when it’s time to address the important items, physical and mental energy and even the level of interest has diminished or may have been entirely depleted. Then TAD arrives (“tomorrow’s another day”) sets in, and the whole cycle is duplicated once again the following day(s). We’ve established behavior, a habit, the method of operation.
People who enjoy successful and satisfying lives do things much differently than many others. They tend to understand and value time but don’t try to manage it. They carefully select, then manage their activities. They approach and live their days usually addressing only important subjects, things that legitimately are going to have a positive impact. They try not to do little things at all….ever.
What’s being encouraged here is the idea of reviewing how the selection and management of your daily activities is currently working for your life. Once the decision to strive for improvement and desire to become more effective is made, a corresponding mind shift begins to occur. After all, how you’ve been managing your activities has now become habit. And we know how difficult bad habits can be to change.
Cramming important things to be done towards the end of afternoons, days or tomorrow is never the best way. Use time. Then carefully select, manage and do the activities that make a difference:
IMPORTANT THINGS DONE FIRST … TRIVIAL THINGS DONE NEVER (whenever possible)!!
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