4 Ways to Scrub Out Time-Wasters!

"Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.“ ~Benjamin Franklin

We are all very busy. Our schedules are full; we never feel that we are totally caught up on everything. We are hanging on by our fingernails just to hold it all together.

Time http://www.flickr.com/photos/pixelpepp/31156889/is our most precious commodity. We can find ways to make more money, but we can never, ever create more time. Once moments pass by, they never return. There is never a second-chance to do what we might have done in each moment, be that related to our professional or personal success.

In the essence of time, I have put together a very short list of four things you can do to scrub time-wasters out of your life. Remember this acronym SOAP.

1.         Simplify: Many times we feel that we need to make things more complicated than we actually do. It’s not always a conscious act, but we make things more complicated because we don’t take the time to deconstruct the task. Consider the things in your life that you can make easier, simpler, less full of details. Then SIMPLIFY your tasks. Figure out the most critical parts of the task that you need to accomplish, and break it down to the bare bones facets.

2.         Omit: Some tasks are just worth tossing. They don’t need to be done. Not just today—they don’t need to get done at all. Ever. Sometimes things creep into our schedules that really are meaningless or don’t rise to the level of actually needing to be completed. When this happens, examine the task. Evaluate it’s importance to your life. If you can’t think of any reason the task is useful, why bother doing it? Ditch them, delete them, get rid of them!

3.         Assign: Don’t try to do it all yourself! Dhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/psutlt/5492164272/elegate tasks to people who can do them. Will they always do them exactly as you would have done them? Probably not, but trust them to do enough to get the job done. Think of who can and will do things that you don’t have to do personally. Gently ask them for help—they will most likely be eager to assist you, but you have to ask. And then assign the task to them, taking if off your to-do list!

4.         Postpone: Some things need to be done, but not today. Those are things that you can postpone until another day. Yes—maybe they are things that you need to do, but they aren’t urgent, so push them off until another time when your schedule isn’t so cramped! Just remember not to keep postponing it until it gets to code red, needs to be done now. Keep moving it up the priority list and schedule it in as you need.

TODAY: Consider how you can SCRUB some time-wasters out of your schedule using the SOAP method. It will be fun and a relief to you, and it will help you focus on the things you really need to be spending your time on.

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