Today’s guest post is brought to you by Calgary-based Entrepreneur, Myke Macapinlac. Myke is a phenomenal writer and dude, providing insightful, forward thinking information to become your best you.
He’s figured out the importance of fitness, intelligence, creativity, and just how they all fit together to make you a more confident and productive you.
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In any case, enjoy!
Time Management From the Inside Out
Every morning when you get out of bed, there are unlimited options of the things you can do. When you want to get things done, saying “no” is just as important as what you say “yes” to. I know the prospect of being well-rounded seems exciting to most people but true mastery requires laser-like focus.
To be good at something, you have to learn time management from the inside out.
Just like most ambitious people, I want to have an extraordinary lifestyle. I want something more than what I was currently getting: go to work for 5 days, get 2 days off and complain how awful those 5 days were. I wanted to do things that matter to me and with people that I enjoy working with.
Where do I even start?
Learning something new can be very overwhelming. Even the most motivated person will eventually quit due to analysis paralysis. You can do an infinite amount of things and if you don’t say no, you’re day might feel busy but get nothing done. How do you lighten up your load, refocus and be picky with your time?
When To Say No – Time Management From The Inside Out.
What is the most important thing you’re trying to accomplish?
Just like you, I have many goals that I want to achieve in my life time. I’m not saying abandon them, but organize them in the order of importance. Pick one thing to work on and focus all your effort into getting good at that specific skill first. Once you have a better level of understanding, it becomes automatic and requires very little self-will to execute. The moment you get there, then you know it’s time to move on.
Write down 3 things will bring you one step closer if you accomplish
them. You don’t need more brilliant ideas. You need less noise. If you try to do everything, you will fail. Here’s what I’m trying to say; before you go to bed, write down 3 things you’re trying to accomplish the next day.
When you wake up in the morning, it’s a much simpler approach. It’s more strategic and tactical which makes it easier to narrow down your decision-making from then on. When you figure out which goals are most important to you, achieving them becomes more systematic.
Make an action list instead of a to do list.
The fear of uncertainty holds most people back. It’s hard to act on something if it is ambiguous. Look back at the times when you didn’t do something; it’s because it’s not defined clearly.
Make sure your outcomes are specific and actionable. If it’s too complicated, chances are you’ll never do it. It’s natural to resist what you don’t know that’s why you’ll always gravitate to things that are familiar and predictable.
“NO! is your new favorite word
Start saying “no” to new ideas and just come up with a small list that really matter. The simpler and more actionable, the better. Don’t delude your focus and cover the hard stuff with the easy stuff.
Anything non-essential is a barrier. It’s a waste of time and should be avoided at all costs. They maybe necessary in the future, but not right now. Cut things down relentlessly, and simplify your daily tasks. If you find yourself off track and doing nonessential tasks, go back and check your top 3 priorities.
About the Author
Myke Macapinlac wakes in the morning to inspire purpose-driven action for others to reach their full potential and live meaningful lives. He mentors beginner entrepreneurs at Lifestyle Business Hacker and is also the host of Magnetic Life Podcast. To get to know him personally, you can connect with him on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.
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