6. Stuff in little activities.
I try to do little activities like sending in checks or setting up appointments within small pockets of time between scheduled activities.
7. Watch my people levels.
If I’m craving people time, I try to arrange a call or work in an environment where I’m around others. If I feel tired of being around others, then I seek out solitude.
8. Capture the next step.
If I leave a voicemail, I make a note on my calendar to follow up. If I leave a meeting, I make a note of when to complete the minutes. If I receive a blog post assignment, I make a note of its deadline and when to start it. Everything has a documented next step.
9. Create urgency.
I always think of a few more things that it would be nice to fit in a day or the week than I think I could actually get done. That way, I’m motivated to push myself and see how much I can do, instead of subconsciously delaying because I’m not sure what would be next.
10. Be accountable and transparent.
I have four individuals that help keep me motivated by holding me accountable. I commit to being transparent with them about what I’m actually getting done, especially in terms of business and professional development. (They send me lots of encouraging affirmation in return!)
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Elizabeth Grace Saunders is the founder and CEO of Real Life E®, a time management life coaching and training company that empowers individuals who feel guilty, overwhelmed and frustrated to accomplish more with peace and confidence through an exclusive Schedule MakeoverTM process.