Are you spending your time wisely?

Last week I went to a seminar where I was immersed in 2 days of facilitation skills and design work.  

The value I got out of the seminar was priceless; I made connections with other coaches, was exposed to new ideas and had dedicated thinking time. 

There was some trepidation about leaving the business for 2 days but learning from one of the best in the industry was well worth my time.  

How we spend our time is so important because it determines the quality of our life.  It's easy to know the high value uses of our time -- they are all the things we need to do to accomplish our goals.

But often we get stuck in the low value uses of our time.  

Have you ever heard of Pareto's Law commonly referred to as the 80/20 rule?  It says the majority of results, 80%, will come from about 20% of the effort.  

The key is to know and focus on the activities that create a majority of the results.  This means ELIMINATING the things that you spend time on that don't get results.  

In his book, The 80/20 Principle:  The Secret to Achieving More with Less, Richard Koch provides a list of the top 10 low value uses of time.

Since time is THE resource we can't get back and we can't make more of, it is THE resource we need to use wisely and be ruthlessly focused on how we spend it. 

We don't get time back; once it's gone, it's gone.  

In the list of Koch’s top 10 low value uses of time, he gives insight into how we get stuck working on things that aren’t advancing our goals and our lives.  

The List: Top 10 Low Value Uses of Time

  1. Things other people want you to do
  2. Things that have always been done this way
  3. Things you're not unusually good at doing
  4. Things you don't enjoy doing
  5. Things that are always interrupted
  6. Things few other people are interested in
  7. Things that have already taken twice as long as you originally expected
  8. Things where your collaborators are unreliable or low quality
  9. Things that have a predictable cycle
  10. Answering the telephone

Sometimes we get so caught up in habits and rituals that we stop questioning why we do things the way we do and we get stuck in doing things for the sake of doing them.  

When was the last time you thought about why you are doing something.  

Print this list and refer to it when you're setting up your schedule for the day.  Use it as a filter to identify anything that doesn’t get you closer to your goals.  

And use it when you're reflecting on your week.  It will help you see why you didn't get as much done as you planned. 

If you need help seeing things from a different perspective SCHEDULE A CALL with me and we'll create a roadmap to get you on the right track.

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