The Right Things
is so fast-paced today with people trying to do
so much that many find themselves stressed to
the max. By maintaining a state of constant busyness,
people run themselves into exhaustion. And, at
the end of the day, they are thinking, "There's
got to be a better way."
is not a race to the finish. In spite of your
success and accomplishments, you should be enjoying
yourself. To which my clients ask, "But I
have so much to do, how do I get it all done and
to do more at faster speeds isn't the answer.
Maintaining that "gotta-get-it-done"
mindset causes the body to maintain a heightened
sense of readiness and alertness by releasing
adrenaline, the body's natural equivalent to caffeine.
Over longs periods of time, the constant use of
adrenaline as an energy source leads to decreased
immunity, heart disease, stroke, insomnia and
anxiety. Living a life of constant "up-ness"
is not a peaceful or healthy approach to living.
the answer isn't to do more, but to do less, and
to target your energies to do the right things.
By shifting how you use your time and learning
to value your time differently, you can focus
on what's really important, which will help you
reach your goals. By learning to take your time
more seriously, to do more of the right things
and to focus on enjoying the present, you experience
greater personal fulfillment while achieving more.
Your Time Seriously
is the most precious thing you own. What you do
today determines what you bring into your life
in the future. How you use (or lose) your time
is your choice. This means, you can learn to become
more effective and experience less stress.
easy to get caught up in the minutiae or events
of the moment. You remain focused on just getting
things done rather than keeping the bigger picture
in mind. But staying busy is a trap; it distracts
you from what's really important. If you keep
moving long enough you won't notice that you're
off course. It's like taking a trip without knowing
creating clear and inspiring goals, you set the
destination for your course. Then you can evaluate
whether each activity is contributing to your
overall goals and objectives. Is what you're doing
at this moment the best use of your time? Are
your actions moving you in the direction of your
your time by taking it seriously. Become more
aware of how you spend your time and whether those
things add value to your life or drain your energy
and steal your time. Consider the things you do
at work and in your spare time, the people you
spend time with, the conversations you have and
the meetings you attend.
for ways to streamline processes, eliminate unproductive
or negative conversations, interruptions and distractions.
By monitoring your time with vigilance, eliminating
unproductive activities and adding things that
you enjoy or that develop you personally or professionally,
you gain control of your time and experience greater
levels of personal satisfaction.
The Right Things
are three key dimensions to doing the right things:
1. Are the activities being performed necessary
to meet your mission and move you toward goal
2. Is what you're doing the best use of your time,
energy and expertise?
3. Are you delegating most effectively in order
to use the resources of your team most efficiently?
one relates to your strategy, the road map you're
using to get to your destination. Are your strategies
meeting your personal, departmental or company
objectives? Are your team members focusing their
time on activities that move you closer to those
objectives? Clearly, there needs to be ongoing
evaluation in order to assess the effectiveness
of your current strategy. You have to check your
road map regularly to determine if you're headed
in the right direction.
two is about you and your personal effectiveness.
Are you accomplishing what you intend? Do you
feel good about your daily work? Are you meeting
your objectives easily or are you struggling?
If you're struggling, ask yourself why. It might
mean you need additional information or that you
don't have the required expertise or maybe you
just need a break. Don't resist the struggle;
uncover the source so you can move beyond it.
needs versus wants. There is much that you might
want to do or that needs to get done but that
may not be necessary or appropriate for you to
do. Eliminate those items not essential for goal
achievement. Learn to delegate those things best
accomplished by others and hold them accountable.
The cost for spending time negligently is that
you cannot do what's necessary. You cannot retrieve
to delegate well is an important part of leadership
and personal effectiveness. If you're a control
freak and can't seem to let others do their work,
then you will remain in a state of struggle and
stress. There will never be enough time to do
it all, you will resent others, you will not be
happy - and neither will those around you. You
cannot be the expert in everything. Discover what's
the best use of your time and delegate (or eliminate)
On The Present
The present is a gift. You've probably heard that
saying before. But what does that really mean?
And what's that have to do with time effectiveness
and eliminating stress?
you worry about all of the things you have to
do or how you're going to accomplish them, if
you live in fear or anxiety over what might happen,
then you are living in the future. You cannot
worry yourself into a state of wellbeing. Worry
is stress. It takes you out of the present and
puts you in the future.
you are living an adrenaline lifestyle, then you
are sacrificing your future and your present by
burning through today at such speeds that you
are not truly present - you're just getting it
done. By staying busy, you miss out on the pleasure
in the moment - the gift of the "present".
to take control of your time and stay grounded
in the present is about mastering you and your
personal effectiveness. The only commodity you
own is your time. You can invest it or spend it;
either way, it keeps ticking.
Fuimano, MBA, BSN, RN is a Coach and Author
of "101 Tips For Developing The Leader In
You!" Her passion is coaching clients to
stop struggling and achieve more. For your free
consultation, visit Julie at http://www.nurturingyoursuccess.com
E-mail her at Julie@nurturingyoursuccess.com
Or call her directly at (484) 530-5024