Take Action Through Time Management
Even though we may know that a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, it is hard for us to focus on the one step rather than on the thousand miles.
Adventurers and athletes have learned to keep their eyes on the goal without being paralyzed by the thousand miles it may take to reach that goal. For those that may be a bit less adventurous it may take some training of the mind before jumping into the water to swim between the British Isles and the mainland.
For as long as I have being in the internet marketing industry, I have seen mentors asking themselves how to help their students take action. So many of us become frustrated when we try to help someone with even simple problems they are having, but they never take action to fix it. I have seen people waiting until the problem goes away because they forgot to renew their domain name and they lost their entire websites. No more website, no more problem.
Principles of Time Management Apply To Taking Action
We may think of time management as a way to become more efficient in our productivity throughout the work day. Even though time management principles can be applied to your whole life, they were really developed to increase your productivity at work.
But some of the principles of time management can help us overcome procrastination, which is one of the main enemies of taking action. Some causes of procrastination are confusion, fear, insecurity, and inferiority. They all serve to paralyze us and keep us from taking action.
Swiss Cheese Vs. Chunks of Cheese
In order to make us more efficient, time management recommends that we use the Swiss cheese approach, that is, attacking a problem or task by only concentrating on cutting a hole at a time into the problem or task. The more holes you cut, the more you conquer the problem, or the quicker you complete the task.
If we see the same approach from the procrastinators point of view, the same Swiss cheese approach is what the psychologists would call chunking down. The vision is different, we are not attacking an entire castle to pierce its walls little by little, we chunk down the castle and only attack one weak point at a time until we conquer it and can move to the next chunk or weak point.
Time Management And Taking Action Through Time Limits
I really like this approach and have two stop watches in my office to prove it. Instead of chunking down the problem, you are chunking down the time you give yourself to work on the problem.
If you notice, in both of these methods we are reducing the size of the problem so that we can feel much more comfortable in handling the task at hand.
One of the first jobs I held required that I travel throughout the States to do building inspections. On one occasion, I had to inspect three electric power plants in the mid-west and was travelling with a technician that would help me do the inspection. Every single morning, he would get up and start sing-songing, But I dont want to go to work. I would be trying to shave, and he would be in the other room repeating his mantra over and over again. Needless to say, he didnt last long at the company.
When you use time limits to complete a task, then that time limit brings a ray of hope to your work. If instead of my technician concentrating on the monumental size of the electric power plants and had learned to see himself just at another regular workday, he may have had a different attitude. But apparently, his attitude was not only against the size of the project, but on the size of the workday also.
To be honest, were it not for the company, that would be one of the favorite projects I ever did with that firm.
I often felt fear when I had to travel to places I had never visited before, to meet executives I had never met. I was in the habit, whenever I arrived at a new place, to immediately go find the place where my meetings would take place the next day. I also remember standing at my hotel window, staring at a high-rise in Boise, Idaho preparing for my visit the next day. The work was dangerous, and a couple of my team members and even one of my guides had to be taken to a hospital. But I had a job to do, and allowing fear to take away my confidence was not an option.
I had learned not to focus on an entire day, but on one task at time. Limiting the time you dedicate to each task while being flexible, makes you more efficient in accomplishing your goals.
I have taken a bit longer to write these ideas today than I would have if I were at my office and had my stop watches, but Im on vacation and I dont mind being a bit distracted, though the computer has that ubiquitous clock on the lower right hand corner.
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