Monday, January 16, 2012

Fighting our natural tendencies

By Sheridan Tax & Bookkeeping     Time management is a difficult process, since it contravenes four of the five natural tendencies.

1. We tend to spend more time on the things we enjoy doing at the expense of those tasks we find distasteful. We tend to do other things less productive and delay or skip the more important tasks.

2. We tend to work on the easy tasks before we start the difficult ones. It's only natural to take the path of least resistance. If something is complex or will take a lot of time to complete, it is likely to be delayed.

3. We tend to work on other peoples' priorities before we spend time on our own. This is the "nice guy" attitude, which really reflects a lack of respect for our own time. Since our personal priorities encompass our families, this could result in missing family activities as well.

4. We tend to work on projects that bring an immediate reward -- whether it is money or recognition -- before those for which gratification is delayed. We are living in an "instant" generation, putting off things we want most for things we want at the moment.

5. We tend to work on those things that are scheduled in our planners before we start the things on our "to do" lists. Lists of things to do are intentions; but scheduled blocks of time in our planning calendars are commitments. Rarely do we forget or delay appointments or meetings that are scheduled for specific times.

We must take advantage of this last tendency by scheduling the important tasks in our planner rather than relegating them to a To Do list.

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