I’m sure that we have all seen the show. It’s where two people compete against each other and a clock in games of word dexterity and mathematical agility. A little bit like business really: marketing (words), business maths, and your competition.
But I’ve only just had that idea, so that is for another time, because what I want to talk about today is getting things done. I’ve talked about it before, our 1440 minutes we each get every day, and how important it is to use those minutes productively if we are going to be a real success.
So, how about this for an idea?
Setting ‘end times’ is one of the most important things you can do to help you get more things done. It’s pretty simple with things like meetings. So how about this for a way to ensure your meetings don’t over run? When parking your car, don’t put in extra money in case you get delayed, instead make sure the meeting is focused and keeps to time.
But back to my idea. What about when you are at your desk? You’ve a number of things to do and you’ve got all day to do them. Don’t you find that whatever it is just fills the time? In fact you could do with even longer still. There are distractions, no parking meter, no next appointment to go to.
Here’s the idea, I got it from Nigel Botterill, get yourself a nice big alarm clock and put it on your desk. Now write ‘your’ appointments in your diary. For example: write sales letter 9.30am till 10.00am. Then at 9.30am set your alarm clock and off you go. It makes a big difference I can tell you!
So, if your are really serious about getting more things done please start using ‘end times’ and get yourself a nice big alarm clock.
In a few months time you won’t need the clock and you will be getting far more done.
Please let me know how you get on.