Sharon C. Cooper

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Get it Done! Part 2

A special thanks to all of you who shared some of your time management tips, and struggles.  Below are a couple of additional ways to “Get it Done!”

  1. Add time frames to your To-Do-List: A few weeks ago I did a test to see if I could get more accomplished if I put
    time frames next to each item on my list. For example, my schedule might say workout 7- 8am, Breakfast 8:30 – 8:50, then first project 9 -10:30, next to social media I might put 10:30am – 10:45am and the list goes on. This method helps me stay on task better, and it lets me know if I’m falling behind schedule. It also assists in limiting the number of things I put on my to-do-list (so as to not over book).
  2. Identify your time wasters: Have you ever had one of those days where you had massive things to do, but didn’t get half the things done? It’s probably because you allowed several time wasters to creep into your day. Some famous time wasters are the telephone, emailing and texting, people who drop by your house/office without calling, and the biggest one these days is social media. As a virtual assistant, I understand the importance of staying connected virtually – which might mean
    checking emails or seeing what’s going on on Facebook. You can still stay on top of those things, just add them to your schedule…treat them like an appointment, which leads me to my next item.
  3. Procrastination is not your friend: Normally, I’m not a procrastinator, but this past week I found myself doing the one thing I often talk to my clients about not doing and that’s procrastinating. I had a self-appointed project (some marketing of my VA business) and it wasn’t something I was looking forward to doing, but something that needed to be done. Believe me when I say, I found everything to do – but that! I replaced carpet on a set of stairs in our townhouse, and painted the entry hallway (on top of some of my normal weekly responsibilities). Anything to keep from doing what I was scheduled to do. I kept moving that particular project to the next day. Then after about three days of rescheduling, I called my friend Carmen (of Ray’s Consulting). I had every intention of begging her to do the part of the marketing that I couldn’t seem to make myself do, but being the brilliant person that she is, she gave me a pep talk (or more like a kick in the butt) that had me feeling like I could take on the world once we had finished our conversation!  Needless to say, the rest of the week was crazy productive! So I say all of that to say, don’t let procrastination get the best of you – call a friend or an
    accountability partner to get you back on track.
  4. Accountability Partners: I have some amazing mentors/friends in my life. No I don’t talk to them every day, or every week for that matter, but I love the fact that I can call on any of them at anytime. If you don’t have accountability partners/mentors/ or good friends who you can call on for encouragement or support – find some!

Though I could go on and on about how to “Get it Done,” I think I’ll stop here and let you tell me about your time wasters, procrastination, and your accountability partners.

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July 19, 2011 - Posted by | Just Thinking

7 Comments

  1. It isn’t always easy to seek out support. I don’t know if it is because we women are taught to be strong and independent or if it is just in our nature but I really do appreciate your emphasis on mentoring and accountability. Sometimes, it is nice to share and to gather insights from others. Thanks so much!

    Comment by Jaime | July 19, 2011

  2. Hey Jaime! I think you bring up a good point. I don’t seek out that much support either…although I feel that if I need to, I can. I have various groups of friends/associates who I hook up w/ periodically who serve different needs -such as my numerous writer’s groups/critique partners, business associates (fellow entrepreneurs) and my best girlfriends for general conversation.

    I usually don’t have many instances where I need to talk to someone regarding an issue or for advice (except for last week :), and I’m not sure if it is because of being independent…or if its because I feel I have a pretty good grasp on life and what I’m suppose to be doing (or want to do). It could also be that I bounce alot of things off of Al.

    At any rate, you’re right, it is nice to share and gather insights from others!

    Comment by sharonccooper | July 20, 2011

  3. Accountability partners work for me. If I put something out there to my critique partners or friends, then I feel more obligated to complete it.

    I’m a big list maker, and that’s how I get tasks accomplished.They not only keep me organized, but I get a big kick out of crossing off items.

    Comment by Delaney Diamond | July 20, 2011

    • Hey Delaney, thanks for stopping by! I can totally relate to having a list and then crossing things off! To show you how anal I am, if I do something during the day, that wasn’t on the list, I add it and THEN cross it out! How crazy is that!!!

      Comment by sharonccooper | July 20, 2011

  4. Hi Sharon,

    You’ve got a great list here and all so true! Procrastinationg? Who me? No….I’m never on the net just surfing…spending hours instead of minutes!

    Comment by Nas | August 14, 2011

    • Lol, Nas! Of course I can’t relate (yeah right – I definitely have my days). Thanks for stopping by!

      Comment by Sharon | August 14, 2011

  5. Lol, Nas! Of course I can’t relate (yeah right – I definitely have my days). Thanks for stopping by!

    Comment by Sharon | August 14, 2011


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