I’ve written a number of times about making the time to do the important things in life. Rather than saying, “I didn’t do it because I didn’t have the time,” it’s more accurate to say, “I didn’t do it because I didn’t make the time.” (One example: Making time for exercise; a big challenge for many people.)
How do I make time for exercise? The same way I make time for everything important to me: I treat it as a priority by scheduling it; by making time for it. Time management is about making time for your priorities.
I recently heard a great line directly related to this: “If you want to get something done, don’t put it on your to-do list; put it on your calendar.” I love that. It’s a great time management strategy. I’m a big fan of writing things down in general, and of to-do lists in particular. But, to-do lists are a mix of items that vary in importance. If you want to do the important things, the best way to make time for them is to put them on your calendar.
Again: “If you want to get something done, don’t put it on your to-do list; put it on your calendar.”
How do you make sure you are doing the important things? Please join the conversation with your comments…