Part of the work I do with the owners of IT Solution Providers and Managed Service Providers (MSP’s) is inevitably based around time management and productivity. I say inevitably, because for all of us trying to grow a business – there are too many things that need to be done, and not enough time to do them.
With the fact being that the number of hours in a day isn’t about to increase anytime soon, you need to learn how to cut out the unimportant and focus on the important activities that will move you forwards.
But the biggest challenge? Giving up the un-important. Discarding those things you shouldn’t be doing. Breaking the time-eating habits you’ve formed.
The Not To Do List
Many of us have “To Do” lists. I’m now suggesting we should also have “To NOT Do” lists that might feature:-
- Do NOT check e-mail until you’ve completed an important task
- Do NOT check e-mail more than twice per day
- Do NOT look at Twitter more than once an hour
- Do NOT look at Facebook until after work
- Do NOT eat your lunch at your desk
- Do NOT schedule meetings back-to-back
There are plenty more, and you will probably have a list that looks different to mine, but by creating a To NOT Do list and writing out the activities you know aren’t productive, you’ll be going a long way towards becoming more aware of those “tasks” that actually do little good and in reality eat time that is better spent elsewhere.