If you want to get ONE important thing done, don’t put 10 “priority” things on your to-do list that is constantly visible.  What is the single biggest thing you need to do today?  Focus on that ONE thing and then move on to the next.  Don’t add to the noise and distractions already around you by dividing your time and attention trying to do too many things all at once.

Todo list are necessary, just don’t put it where you constantly see it.  A long to-do list can increase your anxiety and make you feel overwhelmed.  Avoid allowing the “priority” list stare back at you.  There is a human nature side of facing too much to do – it is called “Fight or Flight”, which means we fight the things we face and end up not doing what we intended or we run from them feeling like it is not worth the effort.

TRY THIS – make an appointment on your calendar with the ONE important thing.  When done, add the next thing to your calendar.  If you are intentional and develop your own rules about how you use your time, you will be more productive and ultimately more successful. 

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Make sure you take the complementary course at the end of this short read and learn how you can prioritize your time more effectively.  How many times a day do you hear someone say, “I wish I had more time”?  Is there such a thing as getting more time?  You can not buy it nor make more of it.  To further complicate it, you never really know how much you are going to have.  This leads us to the reality that we need to view our time in a special way.  Time is our most valuable asset.  

We live in an increasingly fast pace and complex world.  Information and distractions come at us from so many directions at such high volumes you can literally spend half your time filtering and processing everything.  When you are spending excessive time reacting, you are losing control and become less productive.

It is well documented that if you master your time, you will be happier, healthier, wealthier, more successful, live longer and have more free time to do whatever you want.  Learn to treat time like its value is greater than 18 karat gold or flawless diamonds and it will change your life!

You can view time in many increments.  You can plan your time as far out as you wish, but the reality is you can only control what is the closest to you (like the money in your wallet or checking account).   

Learn to view weeks, months and future increments of time as milestone markers for goals and objectives you seek.  Manage each day by focusing on a small number of high-impact activities (habits) that are designed to accomplish your long-term big goals.  Big goals are accomplished by completing small daily activities while keeping the end in mind.  This is what keeps you focused and avoiding getting stuck or worse, quitting altogether.  

The journey to achieving more has only one route and it always takes you through “one day at a time”.   

Start your day by planning (like budgeting money).  Do it before you turn on the TV, computer, phone or radio.  Avoid checking messages of any type.  Segment your day by type of activity and its priority.  Using a calendar, manual list or an app is a great way to keep track of task for your day.

Be clear and deliberate in managing your time and never lose focus on your long-term goals and objectives.  Learning to manage and value your time requires an intentional level of discipline.  One common piece advice offered by most successful people they learn how to say NO to anything that is not aligned with their goals and objectives.   

If you want to start achieving more, take a look at my Entrepreneur Academy FREE course – Prioritizing Your Time.  

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