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Time, and how to take control of it...Pt. II
Time, and how to take control of it. Part II
(lets get focused)
By EvO:R founder Charlie Harrelson
Last time I talked about "taking an
inventory of your time." If you did not read that section
yet I would strongly suggest reading it first as some of the ideas
on this series are based on the groundwork established on prior
tips page. Go here to read
Charlie Harrelson is the founder of EvO:R and solo guitarist
Now that we know just how much time we have available let us
put time to work for us, remain focused, reduce distractions,
and eliminate stress (at least most of it).
We all know that we get distractions every day. Not knowing
how to handle them will cause stress, and many times we are
not able to complete all or most of our assigned tasks for that day.
How many times have you finished the
day after working your tail off only to realize that you did
nothing that you had planned for that day? If this
happens a couple times a week you need to get focused and
this series will cover Getting Focused!
Some distractions require our immediate attention even though
they were not part of our list of things to do today.
Did this distraction REALLY need our immediate attention,
or did we simply lose focus?
The old saying "the squeaky wheel always gets the grease"
is very true. Unless you are truly focused on your current tasks
you will be ruled by that squeaky wheel. This wheel has one
goal, and that goal is to keep you off track, so to know it is to
understand and defeat it.
How do I create a path based on what needs to be done
now and what can wait until later or be turned over to someone else?
We create 4 boxes. I call them Task Boxes and they look like this:
Box#1: Important and can't wait
Box#2: Important but can wait
Box#3: Not important but can't wait
Box#4: Not important and can wait
Now let us have a look at each box so we can understand what
they mean and how to avoid working in the wrong box.
Box #1 Important and can't wait.
This is really a simple box to fill. It is what we have scheduled
to have done today leaving a few openings for events we did not
plan on that will also require our immediate attention.
Another name for this box is the to do today box.
The day will not be finished until this is done.
This box is the most important box that we have,
but the other 3 boxes want our attention as well
and knowing how to deal with each one will determine how
much work you can get done today, tomorrow, and this month.
Box #2 Important but can wait.
This box is where the Squeaky wheel lives
and often attempts to take your focus off of box#1. This is the
honey do this box, the box that is full of
interruptions that are cleverly dressed as IMPORTANT. The problem
with this box is that some interruptions will require us to drop everything
and handle it.
The toilet is overflowing and water is everywhere, a death in the family
or medical emergency, the final out of the last game of the world series.
None of the issues above where planned but they must be handle immediately.
They would go straight to Box#1.
While the above mentioned interuptions are legit let us look at other ones
that are not even thought they will try and trick us if we are not prepared.
Anything that starts with Honey Do! Anyone asking for your help on something because they know you will do it for them rather then tell them how to do it themselves.
The phone! PLEASE use voicemail or an answering machine while your working, phone distractions will kill you!
Reading emails. If your work load is heavy, schedule a time to read and respond to email. DON'T check email out of the blue because 70%-80% of all email will take your attention away from your tasks..Schedule 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes after lunch or before finishing the day.
As you can see, this box is full of tasks that LOOK important and appear to need our immediate attention.
Box #3 Not important but can't wait.
This is the box that is full of distractions and tasks that may be fun to do
but will not result in accomplishing any of your scheduled tasks. They
will stop you in your tracks if you do not realize what they are.
A phone call from a friend asking you to join them at a local club. The call of the Internet chat rooms. A buddy wants you to
come over and set the timer on his/her DVR. A friend wants you to drop
everything and come over and look at their new car, van, guitar, mixer, etc..
Realize that this box is also full of squeaky wheels that look like
mild breaks in the day. Most of what is in this box is stuff that would
be great to do for a few minutes just to break the day up some. What
starts out as a few minutes will augments into hours and before we
know it we are of track and the day is lost.
Box #4 Not important and can wait.
This box is full of stuff that will make you lazy. They are easy to realize,
but sometimes they are hard to correct.
Spending time working (or not working) in this box means you have totally lost it!
Many times we find out that the most counter productive people spend
most of their time here. You have little or no focus, and you are easily
Watching Television while working, talking on the phone,
sitting in chat rooms, sleeping, visiting the local pub before
finishing your work, looking through magazines after you
pick up the mail (it can wait till later), stop drop and shop!
So to make full constructive use of your time you must:
Take an inventory of how much time you have
Plan your day in advance (the night before)
Understand what is important
Learn how to recognize distractions
Learn to turn duties over to others
Plan your work and work your plan
Next issue we will talk about how to pass duties to others so you
can focus 100% on what is in Box #1..
Bend'em Don't Break'em
Founder of EvO:R
On to Chapter 3
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