Let’s face it, we are all busy; we all face the same dilemma of there not being enough hours in the day, however in this post I want to offer a simple piece of advice that might help. I recommend that you take 30 minutes either at the end of the day, or first thing in the morning, to set yourself up for the day.
When you first hear this advice, you might be thinking that 30 minutes a day to “set-up” is precious time that you can’t afford to lose, but I promise that the opposite is true. You can’t afford to skip this setting up period.
What I do is take about 30 minutes to review my to-do items/task list. Decide which items I definitely MUST get done that day (or the next day if I am setting up in the evening). Then, even though I use an online task management system, I write the items to be done that day down onto a piece of paper and list them in some kind of order of importance. Once I have done that, I go through the list and try to give away as many tasks as possible to my staff. In some cases I may need to write out instructions or shoot a video to show them how to do something, but doing so usually saves me hours of actually doing the work.
At the end of this 30 minutes period, I typically have a great plan for the day and accomplish a lot! Many people that don’t set up their day, end up doing whatever gets thrown at them that day. They respond to people and requests all day because they are not clear on what they actually want to (or have to) accomplish and then they get overwhelmed and stressed out.
This is a simple recommendation that can help you tremendously and by doing this for 21 days straight it will become a habit that just might change your life. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
To your success,
Anthony Fasano, PE, LEED AP
The Engineering Career Coach
Author of Engineer Your Own Success