What if I told you there was a way to DOUBLE what you achieved in a day – a method that was based on working smarter, not harder – would you be interested?
Would you like to see more REAL output for the effort you’re inputting? What about the sense of achievement at the end of the week when you look back and realize you’ve set a new personal best for the amount you’ve achieved – would you like to experience that too?
You can – by using just one little secret, that’s super, super simple. Don’t be deceived by its simplicity though – this technique is used by the world’s most successful business people daily and in fact, for many industries it’s a way of working that’s at the crux of everything they produce. So, are you ready for the most important thing you can EVER do to improve your time management?
Good. Here it is…
SET A DEADLINE.
“I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” -Douglas Adams
It sounds blindingly obvious, right? But how often do you set mini-deadlines for yourself throughout the day? – Or, do you just find one task morphing into another, mixing with a few more and becoming a big unproductive mess of several things being ‘on the go’ at once?
Try this, next time you have a task to complete – set yourself a deadline – no matter what the task is. For example, if you have an article to write, give yourself an hour to complete it. You’ll be amazed at how powerful your focus becomes once you know you have a set time to complete something. This one simple trick alone has the power to double or even TRIPLE your productivity and will do wonders for your efficiency and clarity of mind.
Then, when you’ve set your deadline, focus on your task 100%, close your email programs and take the phone off the hook while you commit wholeheartedly to meeting your deadline.
Limited Time Doesn’t Mean Limited Capacity
Also, don’t think that just because you’ve limited the amount of time you’ve given yourself to finish the task, you’ll be restricted in any other way (for example, diminished creativity). In fact, many artists and creative people believe they work better with a deadline looming, then when they have unlimited time up their sleeves.
Put It To The Test
Don’t believe me? Why not test it out for yourself? Next time you’ve got an operational conundrum, put it to your staff as a problem to solve and give them 15 to 25 minutes to come up with as many creative solutions as possible.
Next time, just ask them to come back to you with ideas when they’re ready – suggest that they think about solutions as they’re working throughout the day and at the end of say, two weeks, compare the two problems’ responses. You’ll most likely get far more creative solutions in the first instance when they had a deadline, than when they were able to get back to you at their leisure.
Giving yourself deadlines forces you to quit procrastinating, ditch your excuses and just jump right in and DO IT! What could be more productive than that?