We all know that each one of us has 24 hours only in a day. We use only because, it always feels less. No matter what kind of work you are doing, whether it is working on a full-time job or working full-time at home with house chores, it is always on the deficit.
Now a days, Time is Money. So, all of us and all the organizations are running after time. Multi-tasking and Speed To Market are the words buzzing in every company from the leadership or the employees because they are always on the feet to achieve the same.
Some are able to accomplish a lot in a day from a “to-do” list. Keeping a “to-do” list and prioritizing them often is the fundamental step to time management. Anything that is in the air will dissolve quickly or even if it was in memory will take longer or even never done. Assuming you are able to keep a task list and prioritizing them frequently or as needed(re-prioritizing is completely normal and a good practice), follow these three buckets to make use of the time even more efficiently.
Deal: Deal means do it yourself list. This is the list of tasks that can only be done by you and you alone. These come on the top of the list. You will create a timeline for these tasks and assign yourself as the owner. Procrastination is a bad habit, as we all know. So, acknowledge, understand, remember and take responsibility of these tasks at all times.
Delegate: Delegate as the word suggests, you can assign these tasks to someone else. Which means, there is another person(s) that are able to do the task well and complete it with your direction or guidance or sometimes even without it. Many leaders lack this quality of delegating because of a few good reasons, as they put it. For example, they say: “I can do this faster, I know this better, I cannot explain, There is no proper person to take care of this etc.” Look for your support system(friends or family) for outside work tasks, look for your back ups at work(colleagues that you can trust) and delegate some to them. There is absolutely nothing wrong in doing so.
Delete: This is the most important step, although it comes in the end under the list. This is important because this is the hardest thing to do. Yes, truly this is hard because the psychology of most of us is that everything is important, there is nothing that you can delete from your “to-do” list. But we all tend to duplicate things, do repeated things, do unnecessary things almost always, at work or outside work. Look at your list keenly, identify the ones that you don’t need and discard them. It could be files from your computer or clutter from home. For example a tip might be, if you have not used a file/photo/application for more than two years, most likely it is useless. Also, if you have not used a thing at home for more than two years, donate it.
The above three listed categories are not limited to working people or work-related stuff. This is for everyone doing anything in life from house chores to running a business. If we are able to continually make efforts into organizing the work into buckets and prioritizing them effectively, you can create more memories to your life by spending time with your loved ones and reducing stress.
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