When you’re under pressure and you need to save time, try this time management strategy to notice what you’re thinking about. It will have a profound impact on your ability to accomplish so much more with your time. Why?
Time Management Strategy: As You Face Pressure to Get Things Done, What Do You Think About?
If you’ve taken some time this week to notice your thoughts during your day, you may have surprised yourself. If you haven’t taken the time to try this time management strategy, you can start right now:
- Keep track your thoughts for a week, a day, an hour, just 10 minutes. This will help you become more aware of how you direct yourself as you spend time during your day.
- Try to notice your thoughts, especially when you’re overwhelmed and strapped for time.
- At the end of the day, take a few minutes to write down what you were thinking about as you felt the pressure of time closing in around you.
- Also write down whether or not you accomplished everything you wanted to achieve while you were feeling the pressure of time slipping away.
What happens when you use this time management strategy? What do you discover about your thoughts? Do your thoughts help you or do they hinder your ability to get things done? Do your thoughts help you Save Time? Or are your thoughts wasting your time?
This Time Management Strategy is one of the most important steps you can take to Save More Time!
If there are times during your day when you’re under stress and running out of time, just stop for a minute. Notice what you’re thinking about. Perhaps you over-committed yourself, fell into bad habits again, said yes to too many people, didn’t plan out your day, allowed things to distract you.
As you face the pressures of time during your day, are you worried, stressed, afraid you’re not going to get everything done? Wondering how you’re going to get through this jam? Are you thinking about something totally unrelated to what you’re doing? Have you shut off your mind and allowed it to wander off into the twilight zone? Or do you feel like you’re going to explode?
- feeling overwhelmed,
- poor planning,
- mindless routines,
- bad habits,
- unexpected events,
- things getting in the way
All of these things can take your mind away from what you intend to accomplish each minute of each hour of every day. When you’re facing a deadline and time is running out, are you thinking about how you’ll never get everything done? Are you thinking about how you hate feeling this way? Are you confused about what to do next? Are you worried about what is going to happen if you don’t meet this deadline? Are you afraid of what someone is going to say to you because you let them down?
Or are you thinking about how you can spend the remaining time accomplishing what you need to get done?
This is a subtle but profound shift in the way you can use your thoughts and your time to your advantage. If you’re not focusing on what you’re doing, if you’re not focusing on achieving your goal then…you are allowing your thoughts to waste your time.
What’s The Solution?
Try using this time management strategy: Take a deep breath and just ask yourself: “What do I want to accomplish?” Then gently shift your thoughts back to what you intend to accomplish. That’s it. Don’t beat yourself up. Don’t feel guilty. Don’t get angry or depressed, don’t look for a distraction or an excuse. Just shift your thoughts back to your goal. Just focus on your goal and move toward it.
Take control over your thoughts.
It takes less than 10 seconds to do this.
Time Management Strategy Challenge: If you notice what you’re thinking about for even 10 minutes as you move through your day, you will succeed in saving yourself a bundle of time!
I challenge you to do this. The next time you’re under pressure and running out of time, I challenge you to try this time management activity for just 10 minutes. Notice what you’re thinking about and shift your thoughts back to your goal. See what happens. Does this time management strategy help you Save More Time and increase your level of productivity?
Love and Success,
P.S. Reply to this blog post and let me know what you discovered about your thoughts and your productivity before and after you made the shift in your thinking. Let me know what happens. I hope this time management strategy is helpful to you.