Hi there, I’m Carmen Coker, professional organizer and creator of The Clutter Cleanse®, and let me ask you this.
When it comes to getting things done, would you say that you are: rarely productive, sometimes productive, or always productive?
Now, here is the cold, hard truth about your answer, no matter which it may be: You can be better.
Granted, this very truth brings up the million-dollar question: How?
The answer is simpler than you think. Better yet, the effects are immediate. Even better still, it is a rinse-and-repeat system that will take your time-management and productivity skills to new heights. I promise!
In life, there are those individuals who are goal-setters and those who are goal-getters.
A goal-setter is someone who likes the idea of setting goals, but doesn’t put the necessary actions behind them. On the other hand, a goal-getter doesn’t just set and believe in goals, but also has the follow-through to achieve them.
Dr. Stephen R. Covey described the secret of goal-getters in his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: “The key is not to prioritize your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”
Aha! Much of what comes into your day – emails, text messages, phone calls, meetings, snail mail, conversations – they are all just vehicles for other people’s priorities in your life. If you always schedule in “all that stuff” first, then there will always be little to no room for your own priorities, goals, and dreams.
This is the very reason why you should trust your priorities to help you make decisions about how to use your time wisely, infuse your priorities into your daily routines so that you focus on what’s important, and stick to your priorities, no matter what.
Sounds good, right? Yeah, but it’s often really hard to do. That’s why time management and productivity are such hot topics. It can be challenging to say “no,” which is what sticking to your priorities makes you do – a lot.
So let’s make it easier for you. Let’s set you up for success. Here are three guidelines to becoming a goal-getter who is the envy of everyone around you:
One, deep down, you are driven by a set of core values and principles like faith, family, or independence. From the get-go, decide what these values are. They will set the tone for your goal-getting success.
Two, brainstorm the wish list of objectives that you would like to accomplish, either in the short-term or long-term, and then break this wish list down into manageable projects and tasks.
Three, calendar out the projects and tasks in order of importance and also set a date for project completion.
The bottom line is that your priorities act as your internal compass, helping you to stay focused, make clear decisions, and feel balanced and fulfilled. A highly productive person uses his or her values to guide every step, including how and where to spend time.
With that in mind, here is your Easy Organizing Challenge™. When organizing your time, act as the gatekeeper. Before putting anything on your schedule, ask if it will support your priorities fully, partially, or not at all. While there will be surprises and unavoidable hiccups here and there – that’s life – stick to your priorities as much as possible.
If you want to start finding more time in your life for the things that really matter, follow the arrow [see below link] to download The Ultimate Productivity Planner™. It’s free, and it will help you save 90 minutes or more every day even if you think time management is a myth!
This is Carmen Coker, signing off, we’ll see you next time.
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Carmen Coker is a former US Air Force officer turned professional organizer. Thousands of busy people have benefited from her expertise featured by CBS, NBC, The Washington Post, and Real Simple magazine – now it’s your turn! Download The FREE Ultimate Productivity Planner™, and save 90 minutes (or more) every day simply by using this 3-minute trick…even if you think time management is a myth.