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3 Tips to Become a Time Management Superhero

EVA_superhero_270px Time management these days often means we have to get more done in less time, with fewer people and a $0 budget. Unless you are a superhero, this can seem like a daunting task. Try as we might, our efforts never quite cut it.

Villains enter the scene of our well-planned day: Captain Super Urgent, Shiny Object Man and The Guilt Tripper. They show up with an evil laugh and a dastardly scheme to thwart us from being effective. These villains don't want us to focus on an important fact:

Success is not about getting a lot of things done, IT'S ABOUT GETTING THE RIGHT THINGS DONE.

If you've got too many villains lurking in the shadows, pick up the bat phone and call the superhero within you!

3 Tips to Find Your Superhero-ness:

  1. Know WHAT you want. Define it, or you won't reach it. Figure out the musts, the wants and their importance. When Captain Super Urgent shows up, use your "I know what I want" laser beam vision to determine if it's the right thing for YOU to do.
  2. Know WHY you want it. Let the "why" drive the choices you make in your day. If Shiny Object Man tempts you with a distraction, use your "I know WHY I want what I want" super strength to resist him.
  3. Know HOW you will get it done. Everyone is given the same amount of time -- it's finite, not infinite. If you tend to overestimate what you can get done in a day, and The Guilt Tripper cackles at you, take a step back and adapt. Use your superhero power of elasticity and decide what will get done -- and when -- within the time you have.


Speaking of elasticity, my favorite superhero is Elastigirl. She faces setbacks but she adapts, twists, bends, and stretches… all because she knows what she wants and why. You can do it too!

What superhero powers have you gained to battle the time drain villains? Do you have a favorite time management superhero? Post your comment to the community and share!

Here are some links to my favorite Time Management Super Heroes:
Book: "The Effective Executive" by Peter F. Druckers (recommended to me by Iowa Business Owner Mike Wagner of the White Rabbit Group)
Book: "The Truth About Getting More Done" by Mark Fritz
Blog: "Getting Things Done (GTD)" by David Allen
Blog & Author: Julie Morgenstern on "Time Management Mistakes"
Photo: The Secret to Getting Things Done by Problogger, Darren Rowse

- Jocelyn Wallace

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Comments

JW -

Great post! You're obviously a great addition to the IB crew!

I couldn't agree more on your strategies. Rock solid!

As for superheros, I have to throw Batman in the mix. Sure, he's rich so he has all sorts of cool gadgets (I'll admit some gadget envy!).

But I think the key for the Bat is that he surrounds himself with great people who help him do the things he can't or shouldn't do. (Hence Alfred, Commish Gordand and Mr. Fox. Not to mention Robin from time to time.)

And most importantly, he knows what he wants and will stop at nothing to achieve it. There's a lot to be said for gadgets but when you boil it down, tenacity trumps toys any day!

Lastly, I'd throw an additional book into the mix. It's "Making Ideas Happen" by Scott Belsky. It's organization for creatives.

You rock sista! Keep up the good work!

Oh and hey, to anyone reading this. If you need help with organization or if you just need coached on moving into the things you want to do more of... connect with Jocelyn. She's an awesome coach. I know of a number of people who have had changed lives because they worked with her! Just saying...

Mitch Matthews

Very helpful first post Jocelyn.

Great find on the blog by Julie Morgenstern.

Keep creating...on time,
Mike

Mike, thank you for weighing in and suggesting the Peter Druckers book as well. You are the Yoda of all business books!

-Jocelyn

Mitch - love the Batman addition to the superhero list! You emulate the Bat well (possibly minus the cool gadgets :). And thanks for the Belski book recommendation! Spring break might be a great time to squeeze in another good read and put the good stuff to work!

-Jocelyn

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