I definitely give a lot of advice on how to manage your time effectively through time-saving techniques, but another important aspect is how you’re using your time. This ties into task management and if you are WASTING your time. Many people plug along through tasks that they actually don’t need to be doing.
What is the big picture?
The big picture is your main goal you should be focusing on. While you should focus on each task one at a time, your main goal should be your focus at all times. So think about your goal for the day, and then decide which tasks you should be doing.
Are you wasting time?
Think about what you do in a daily basis. Are there things that you could delegate to someone else so you can focus on priority things only you can do? Are you doing things that serve your goal? If so, then you will want to reevaluate your task list and focus on that which will help you achieve your goal faster.
Should I be doing this?
Take a look at all your tasks and decide if you’re supposed to be doing them. Look at the following task clarifiers.
Want to do, have to do = yes you should be focusing on this.
Want to do, don’t have to do = does it serve your goal? If no then delegate it. If yes, place it as a lower priority.
Don’t want to do, have to do = can you delegate? If yes, then give it to someone else. If no, do it first to get it out of the way.
Don’t want to do, don’t have to do = no brainier here, dump it.
Take time every day to look at what you are doing and track changes you can make to keep you focused on the big picture.
What is your big picture? Post in the comments below.
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Ambika is a project manager with a Master’s Degree in IT Project Management and 8 years of experience helping companies organize business processes and projects. She works from home while raising 3 children. She has been studying Dr. Pillai's practices on spiritual enlightenment for 3 years and is a certified Pillai Center Coach.