The NLP principle of forced efficiency dictates that there’s never enough time to do everything, but there’s always enough time to do the most important thing. How does this work?
You always find the time. When you run out of time and know that the consequences of not completing a key task could be serious, you always seem to find the time to get it done. albeit it may be at the last minute. You start early, stay late, and drive yourself to complete the task rather than letting yourself face the negative consequences that would follow if you did not complete the task within the time limit. A fact of life: there will never be enough time to do everything you have to do.
You’re already overwhelmed… The average person is nowadays working to 110 – 130% of capacity, while the jobs and responsibilities keep piling up. One study concluded that the average executive has 300 – 400 hours of reading and projects backlogged at home and at the office. This means that you will never be caught up. The best you can hope for is that you’ll remain on top of your most important responsibilities. All the rest will have to wait – or be delegated to others.
Deadlines can be counterproductive. Although many people say that they work better to deadlines, years of research indicate this seldom to be true. Under the pressure of deadlines (often self-created through procrastination and delay or the intention of prevention thereof) people suffer greater stress, make more mistakes, and thereby have to lose even more time and energy on redoing more tasks than they would have to under other conditions. The mistakes made when working under tight deadlines often lead to defects and substantial financial losses in the long term. Many times the job takes much longer to complete when people rush to get it done at the last minute and then have to redo it.
Your key guiding question is what is the most valuable use of your time right now. This is the core question of time management and the key to overcoming procrastination and becoming a highly productive person. Every hour of every day there is an answer to this question. Keep asking this question time and again and always keep working on the answer to it, whatever that answer be. Do first things first and second things not at all. Things that matter the most should never be at the mercy of things that matter the least. The more accurate your answers to this question, the more easily you will set clear priorities, overcome procrastination, and get done the activities that best represent the most valuable use of your time.
Take a quiet moment each day when you cannot be disturbed. During this moment let your mind relax and think about your work and activities without stress or pressure. During this time you’ll receive wonderful insights and ideas that will save you time once you apply them on the job. You’ll often experience breakthroughs that will change your life and work.
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