I had a great time this weekend reflecting and reviewing my life's priorities. I even fit in the time to watch Miracle on 34TH Street for the very first time yesterday. I set a goal this year to watch twelve classic movies I have never seen, one each month.
One practice I have learned from very successful people is that you must guard your time, so it is imperative that you review where your time is being invested, so for me, these weekend “Time Audits” are essential to ensure I am investing my time and not spending my time in unproductive adventures.
To simply the process, I will share 3 simple actions I take in reviewing my time and priorities.
First, I write down everything I have committed myself to. Whether that is being interviewed, writing articles for columns or business partnerships. This helps me get a clear picture of everything I have “On My Plate.”
Secondly, I give everything a grade of A-F and a rank of 1-5, the grade is for my performance and the rank is for importance toward major goals. Preparation plays a huge part in doing your best, but if you are over committed, your preparation will be affected. I evaluate my grade and give the reason for the grade. Next I give a rank number, a lower number means this activity or item really isn’t helping me accomplish my goals and will need to be removed or stopped.
Lastly, I make a determination if this item will stay “On My Plate.” We can get caught up in doing a lot of really good things, nice things, but very unproductive things as it relates to your personal goals.
To maximize your time, I suggest you do a “Time Audit” at least every two weeks if not ever week. Our time has a way of getting away from us, and we end up not accomplishing our goals.
What are some things you do to ensure the right things are on your plate? Please Share!!!
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