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Never-ending To Do List

Too often, I think, we approach quite a lot of what we have to do with the thought “I’ll fit that in somewhere.”

How often does that really work? More often than not, I assert, it doesn’t work at all!

We don’t get things done, and then we wonder why?

Everything we have to do takes time to be done.

Why do you suppose we ignore that when we are making our lists?

One of the most interesting processes for managing the day I read about had an exercise where you were instructed to list all the things you were going to do, and put next to each item exactly how long it would take to do the task.

Then, of course, you had to confront the reality of the day and see that, most of the time, you were trying to fit 10 hours of work into a five hour slot.

You can imagine how that goes.

I encourage you to try that out for yourself – see what happens when you actually put only 1 hour of work into that 1 hour slot.

And don’t forget to include driving from point A to point B if the task requires it!

Things might get done from your list, but the chances increase dramatically when you schedule exactly when you are going to do them!

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About The Author

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Terry is the CEO of Time Triage

With over 30 years of business and entrepreneurial experience, Terry’s unique technology has dramatically increased the productivity of Fortune 100 executives and entrepreneurs in a variety of industries. Whether it’s a corporate executive or a “solo-preneur,” the outcome of Terry’s methodology will give you an expanded level of freedom and productivity with results you can measure.

Terry’s clients find themselves working on what is most fulfilling and what really matters in moving things forward rather than what they previously thought they “had to do.” The things you hoped to get to someday become the things you work on today.

Terry’s work was recently featured in the New York Times best-seller Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has The Time by Brigid Schulte (Sarah Crichton Books, March 11, 2014).

Eliminating overwhelm, giving clients more time to focus and clarity about where to focus, and implementing what it takes to produce results beyond what is predictable are what Terry’s efforts are all about. Her high integrity, no-nonsense, practical approach to business operations has helped build trusted relationships with many high performing professionals, entrepreneurs, and executives.

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