Don’t spend Major time on Minor things

Do you find you just don’t have enough time in the day? You have so much to do, and just not enough time to do it in?

 

That’s what I’m like – my to-do list never gets done! No matter how much time I spend doing the things on the list, there are always more things added to it.

 

Now I think I am a pretty organised person. I have my to do list. I plan my day. I follow the plan. I adjust the plan to hit my goals, and so on. But I always thought I could do more, or I could do things more efficiently.

 

So a couple of days ago I took a look at what I do, and I’ll share with you my findings.

 

It all started with these two guys – Jim Rohn and Darren Hardy. You may know them – both terrific authors and speakers on personal development.

 

One of Jim Rohn’s speeches is about people who spend Major Time on Minor things, and end up spending Minor time on Major things. I think this is one of my problems. I spend lots of time doing stuff, I am always busy, and I work hard. But am I working hard on the right things?

 

This is where Darren Hardy comes in. Darren explained that if you really want to improve things in your life, you need to measure it. Keep track of what you spend your time on.

 

So I started keeping a diary of what I was doing. Not every minute, but every half an hour. From when I woke up in the morning, to when I went to bed.

 

…and I grouped these into 11 categories. They will be different for you, but for me, the categories are…

  • Supporting my team (one to one)
  • Retail (delivering catalogues, orders, etc)
  • Talking to prospects
  • Generating Leads
  • Emailing prospects
  • Team infrastructure (setting up training etc.)
  • Goal Setting
  • Branding myself (my Blog)
  • Personal Development
  • Admin
  • personal stuff (lunch, family things, etc.)

…and every 30-minute slot was allocated to one of these categories.

 

Then I decided which of these categories are REALLY important to achieving my current goals. My current goals are around increasing my income from my business. I have other goals as well, personal development goals, family goals, health goals, but for the moment, my business goals are my focus.

 

Here are the categories I decided are my MAJOR ones…

  • Supporting my team (one to one)
  • Talking to prospects
  • Generating Leads

and when I analysed the time I spent, I found that I was spending 26% of my time on these items, and 74% on other things.

 

So clearly I have been spending MINOR time on MAJOR things. Time for a change. If I am serious about my business goals, I need to spend more time on them.

 

Over the next couple of weeks I will be thinking a lot more about what I do, and my aim is to spend AT LEAST 50% of my time on the activities that will have the biggest impact on me achieving my goals.

 

I will let you know how things progress.

 

Bye for now

 

Chris 🙂