If you want to reach your goals, you might start by being ruthless with your time. Remember, time is not limitless. You can’t get more. Time can’t be increased or replaced. So how do you become ruthless with your time?
* Just Say No – The biggest factor in being ruthless with your time is learning to say no. Getting clear on your goals helps this along. When you are clear, you will then say no to those things that keep you from reaching your goals. There is no sin in saying no. There is power is saying yes to your dreams!
* Turn Off Technology – I know you’re using it right now! But the very thing that is supposed to make our time more productive can have the opposite effect too. The notifications of new emails, your Facebook stream, and unscheduled time on Pinterest can get out of hand. Learning to limit our social media will actually give us more time.
* Calendar It – Put everything in your calendar including everyday tasks, small steps for a project due in the future, and time with family, friends and yourself. Don’t skip this step so that when someone asks for your time you can easily schedule them in (or not) based on your availability.
* Touch “It” Only Once – Another way to be ruthless with your time is to not allow yourself to wait to do things later. If you get an email that requires a response, do it now. If you have a bill that needs to be paid, schedule it now. If you get junk mail, delete it now. Deal with it now so you don’t have to take the time to come back later.