Do you sometimes feel like 24 hours in a day is too little to get all things done? You wish for 1 extra hour to deal with unfinished tasks. But time can’t be expanded or bought. However, you have two options available. Finish the work on the other day or improve your time management skills to learn work smarter and faster.
You are getting ready to start your day, and you are nervous to think about what you need to get done today.
Your to do list is a mile long before you even get to work.
And that’s part of the problem, your list is so exhaustive that you are overwhelmed before you even begin.
Let’s start by stating that I’m not advocating procrastination. Action is the basis of all effective time management efforts.
However, I am talking about being realistic about what you can do in one day.
Practice “targeted procrastination” in order to minimize the number of tasks you are trying to complete.
Take a look at your to do list and be brutally honest about what you shouldn’t be doing today. This means putting off lesser tasks. Even delaying ones that can wait.
Here are 5 Reasons that You Should Put Things Off Until Tomorrow:
- Lighten Your Load – You can’t work effectively if your mind and list are so burdensome that you can’t even think. Reduce your load for today and put off those to dos that don’t need to be done.
- Get to What’s Important – Don’t let lesser tasks cloud your to do list. Make sure your most important items are front-and-center. Keep your today list to the top 3-5 to dos you need to do.
- Eliminate Distractions – Your mind can focus on only so many tasks. Do only one task at a time, but also minimize the number of tasks needed for each day.
- Some Tasks Don’t Need to Be Done – When you practice “targeted procrastination,” you will find that many of those smaller tasks never come back, or they simply resolve themselves. Just because a task made it to your to do list doesn’t mean that it needs to be done.
- Be Realistic About Your Time – Time management is all about balance. If you are trying to do too much, you are either not going to finish or you are eventually going to burnout from too much effort. Be realistic about the available time you have in your day.
Do only what’s Necessary
Take a look at your to do list. What doesn’t need to be done today? (Or at all?)
You’ll find that many of the things you thought you needed to do are just noise. Focus the time you have on what’s most important.
It may seem counterproductive, but procrastinating might just be what you need to do in order get more done.