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The most precious resource that anyone has is renewed daily, and given freely with barely a thought. It is the most valuable thing you have. But a fresh 24 hour clock is nothing to be taken for granted. It is perishable, it is irreplaceable, and it cannot be saved. It can only be reallocated from activities of lower value to activities of higher value. All work requires time. And time is absolutely essential for the important relationships in your life. Here are a few ways we can make the most of this indispensable gift and take advantage of the present.

Make Good Use of Planning Tools

A time planner, broken down by day, hour and minute, organized in advance, can be one of the most powerful, personal productivity tools of all. It enables you to see where you can consolidate and create blocks of time for concentrated work. When you plan your work you can more effectively work your plan.

Put off Non-Essential Tasks

During the time you’ve allocated for working, turn off the telephone, eliminate all distractions and work non-stop. One of the best work habits is for you to implement is getting up earlier than usual so you can do some uninterrupted work. You can get three times as much work done, than during the regular day where you are disrupted by people and bombarded by phone calls.

Make Every Minute Count One of the keys to high levels of performance and productivity is for you to make every minute count. Use travel and transition time, to complete small chunks of larger tasks.

Remember, the pyramids were built one block at a time, and Rome wasn’t built in a day. A great life and a great career are built one task, and often, one part of a task, at a time. Your job is to deliberately and creatively organize the concentrated time periods you need to get your key jobs done well, and on schedule.

Focus on the activity not the target

Goal setting is a part of time management. When you know what you want, you can then use your time more effectively to achieve it. Once the target is set, you then need to set your focus on the activities you need to do to achieve the goal. The goal is the result, the activities are what will get the result.

Action Steps 

Think continually of different ways that you can save, schedule and consolidate large chunks of time. Use this time to work on important tasks with the most significant long-term consequences.

Make every moment count. Work steadily and continuously without diversion or distraction by planning and preparing your work in advance. Most of all, keep focused on the most important results for which you are responsible.

Have a great week,

Peter