I love the simplicity and directness of the Gandhi quotation “action expresses priorities.”
We can talk about what we want to do, we can even list the items and ponder them for ages. Yet nothing gets done until we do it. If asked, we could state what our priorities are for today. Could we however claim to have undertaken those of yesterday, or the day before? Hopefully yes.
Keeping priorities in mind helps focus attention on our objectives. Yet fighting the temptation to open e-mails as soon as they arrive, ignore a ringing telephone or leave interesting but not important requests from colleagues until a more appropriate time takes discipline and will-power.
Saying no to certain matters may seem like hard work. An alternative strategy is to deal with things as they crop up, swimming our way through the sea of urgent demands on our time by those around us. If we opt for this strategy, however, we can’t complain when we reach the end of the day and discover we haven’t achieved everything we had intended to do. The choice is ours, as always.
Breaking the day down into blocks of time and allocating certain moments for specific items or actions might be a step forward for some in the ‘battle’ to maximize our time. Likewise, remembering the purpose of our priorities could provide the determination to complete our chosen tasks, as, when and how we decide.
Time management, or time leadership as it is known in certain circles, involves many ideas, tips, suggestions and hints. If you have any particular methods you’d like to share here, or indeed any thoughts concerning this subject, I’d love to hear from you.
Happy implementation of your objectives!