How to Make More Time (Part 2 of 2)
Worthy vs. Unworthy
There are activities that are worthy, but on the other side there are activities that are unworthy of if as well. Once you figured out which ones to focus on (and have the discipline to follow through with it), your effectiveness as a leader will be liberated. That I can promise you. Today, make a commitment and switch from being busy to achieving results. There is nothing so useless as doing the effectively that which should not be done at all. Want more time? Quit doing the things that aren’t required to be done.
What Deserves To Remain Undone?
For me it was pretty simple, I spent a bunch of time on the internet, in a non-creative (equals non-productive) way. 5 minutes here and there quickly added up to take a substantial amount of my time. The internet has become my “electric income reducer”, if you will. I heard that phrase used for TVs before. Once I shut those thousand browsers down I began to see things in a new light. “OK, that can remain undone, because it doesn’t move me forward to my goal.” The person who tries to do everything achieves nothing. So the real secret of getting things done is knowing what things need to remain undone. It’s the core of personal effectiveness. To find the time to do what you should be doing in order to get where you want to be going, and thus have your leadership focused on the worthy. A sense of tunnel-vision for your priorities if you will. Once you have that you have it all. You’ll never be the same again. Never.
So what are the worthy activities? I’ll be brief. Most people I know try to become more clever every day. My new perspective as a 3% leader (more on what that is some other time) is that I try to become more simple and uncomplicated every day. The simpler your leadership focus, the more effective you’ll be. Things that move you forward to your desired goal are worthy activities. Visualizing, and sharing the vision, strategic thinking, consistent preparation and planning, professional development, personal development, building better relationships, and so on.
The funny thing is the more time you spend on these high-yield activities the less time you’ll have to deal with all those crazy little emergencies that seem to suck your precious time away. If you spend your days communicating your message and building richer relationships rather than micromanaging like most others do, the fewer misunderstandings and less conflicts there will be.