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Lesson 16. Triumphing Over Time-Eaters > Helping Others - Pg. 70

Triumphing Over Time-Eaters Tip 70 Refer to Lesson 2, "Easy Organizing Basics," where you created a daily to-do list. Follow your schedule faithfully, and adapt it as necessary. As time progresses, you will notice two very important matters evolving: 1. 2. You are accumulating evidence of the conditions that provoke procrastination. You are developing a habit of discipline. To avoid being overwhelmed in our work, and therefore avoiding it altogether, follow these personal time management tips: · Do the most important job first--You'll feel relieved and most likely satisfied at accomplishing something. Reward yourself with a 10- to 15-minute stretch break. The Pareto Principle suggests that most people fail to set priorities, so they spend their time on unimportant, minor tasks. · Divide important tasks between urgent and nonurgent tasks--Urgent, important tasks are those that demand instant action, and include immediate crises and projects driven by deadline. Non- urgent but important tasks are those that require results, including preventing crises, building relationships, setting goals, and planning in advance. · Concentrate on one task at a time--Sure, your job description requires multitasking, but that doesn't mean all at one time, like a juggler. Your undivided attention will do more for the project. · Think it through--Take a good look at the job or task be-forehand, rather than just jumping in. Map out a quick outline of what it will take and how much time is involved. Divide large tasks into smaller, manageable projects. · Get started--Set a time to start and stop. Ever notice how an empty table or counter gets im- mediately filled with something? So does free time. The quicker you get down to the real work, the quicker the project is off your desk.