Brilliant Time management is already well underway, as May comes to an end. The structure is in place and there is a first draft of Chapter 1. Beginnings are always difficult, so making a start was important.
How to get started on a big task
If you have a big task ahead of you and are finding it too intimidating and off-putting, you need a great way to feel good about starting…
One Little Baby Step
The solution is to identify one small thing you can quickly do to get you started and set your sights on that – and that alone.ï¿½ Don’t think about doing the next thing. Just think about taking that baby step and stopping for a well-earned reward.
What if you finish that step and want to take just one more?
Well, it seems that’s how babies do it, so I guess that’ll be okay.
Several baby steps later …
… and here is the contents page for Brilliant Time Management
Part 1: The Basics of Brilliant Time Management
1: What is your Attitude to Time?
This chapter will act as an introduction and will show how we cannot save time: we can only use it well. It will introduce two extremes of attitude to time, from the slothful ‘lazy do-nothing’ approach to the attempt to get everything done now ‘one day to live’ attitude. Learn how a sensible balance can lead to satisfaction in doing our work, and the ultimate in peak productivity and pleasure: ‘flow’ states.
2: Set your Goals and Know what you are Doing things for
Effective time management must be in the context of knowing what you want and this chapter will introduce powerful tools to show you how to identify your goals over short, medium and long term horizons.
3: The OATS Principle: The Ultimate Process for Brilliant Time Management
The reader will learn a simple, powerful process, the OATS principle, for planning their time, and the skills to use it effectively, such as estimating and scheduling. This will be supported by time management tools based on the OATS principle, which can also be provided as downloadable pdf templates.
Part 2: How you can Avoid the Pitfalls that Steal your Time
4: How Many Things can you Work on at once?
There are huge benefits when you focus precisely on one task, while there are also advantages to being able to tackle many things at once. We will explore the multi-tasking fallacy and the traps of both extremes of behaviour. Tools will include scheduling to fit your physiology, and how to deal with ‘I keep forgetting to do it’ even though I put it on my list.
5: Who Stole my Time: Focus on Priorities and take control of your Time.
Understand the distinction between what is important and what is merely urgent. Avoiding the pressures to be busy-busy all the time or waiting until something is too late will allow you to focus on priorities. This chapter will deal with time stealers, the drive to ‘hurry up’ and the importance of task size in motivating progress.
6: The Power of Perseverance: when to keep going and when to let go.
It’s not just about getting things done; it’s about sticking at the right things and dropping things that don’t matter. This chapter is about focus and letting go of the projects and ideas that do not fit into your future. Life is about choices and you will learn tools and ideas to focus yours.
Chapter 7: Who are you Doing things for?
Why do we do things for other people when we know they don’t really appreciate it? Some of us do it because we sees burden as our role in life, while others just wants to please people. Prioritise the calls on your time and make effective decisions so that you are doing things for you. Learn a new way to think about a vital skill: the ability to say ‘NO’ properly.
8: Using other People to Get things Done
Some people are remarkably trusting – and then get stung by those who would take advantage of them. However, effective delegation is a central plank of your time management repertoire, so this chapter looks at it carefully, offering a process and tools to support effective delegation.
Part 3: Ultimate Success in Getting Things Done
9: Brilliant Time Management
A final review of the aspects of brilliant time management, drawing everything together with some final new ideas about planning ahead, protecting what we have and creating time to think.