Put a Couple of Elephants on Your Plate

How do you eat two elephants? The same way you would eat one; one bite at a time. Monstrous tasks often appear to be complex and overwhelming. That's why it's so very important to isolate the parts from the whole. Break your elephant-sized project into several smaller tasks. Identify one area and cut it down to size. Lather, rinse, and eat. The key is to begin! It doesn't matter if you have or elephants on your agenda. Put one of them on your plate today. Target one part, and start!

Every one on us-including the most seasoned trainer-can benefit from a review of the basic principles for effectively conquering even the most monstrous task on our agenda. However, doing so requires following specific steps. The first step is to commit to the completion of your project. Two, identify and secure the tools and resources you will need. And three, write down the time and day you expect to have your project completed. Many people know what they need to achieve, but they fail to take these preliminary steps. Simply taking these steps will increase your efficiency, accelerate your success and get it all done, sooner.

Create Your Own Systems for Success

A great time to go to work on your task is?during your peak period of productivity. Critical is identifying or creating new systems for your success. For example, when approaching piles of paper, separate and shred on Tuesday, file and process on Wednesday, and repeat until you're finished. Give yourself permission to ask for help when tackling large tasks. Have a "dinner party" with the perfect ambiance and double your efficiency. Make sure your environment is climate-controlled and the appropriate amount of light. Remember, your life is full of distractions, don't allow the phone, doorbell, uninvited guests or disempowering thoughts to interrupt your "meal."

Challenge Yourself

Challenge yourself to take 20 "bites" or more every day until you complete your task. Competing against yourself can actually make your project fun. Feeling a bit full after just a few bites? Take a 10 - 15 minute break to digest. Go for a walk, check in with a loved one or read a magazine. Then, pull up your sleeves and go right back to the table.

Begin Today

Take the thirty or more minutes you would normally spend watching TV, and put an elephant or two on your plate, today. Dig in! You'll not only produce greater personal and professional results, you'll take a bite out of wasted time.

Fran Briggs is President of the Fran Briggs Companies, an organization that helps people maximize their human potential. For time management and innovative success tools. Visit http://www.franbriggs.com and sign up for your free successzine. It's loaded with innovative tips and strategies for success.

In The News:


Entrepreneur

Impatience Is Why Time Management Techniques Fail So Often
Entrepreneur
Time management - that eternal promise of self-control, discipline and oodles of productivity. Oh, how we wish it was as easy as following any of the countless pieces of advices floating online, and turning ourselves into productivity powerhouses, but ...


Entrepreneur

15 Time Management Tips for Achieving Your Goals
Entrepreneur
One of the most effective skills you can have in life is proper time management. If you're not effectively managing your time, there's virtually no way you're going to reach your goals. Sure, you might make some progress. But you'll discover a ...


Forbes

Time Management Is a Waste of Time -- Manage Your Energy Instead
Forbes
The basic premise of time management is sound -- arrange your schedule so you can effectively and efficiently reach your goals (which can be personal, professional or both). But all the calendars, to-do lists and bullet journals are useless if you are ...


What Investment

Bad time management is stalling SME growth according to online ...
What Investment
The biggest obstacle to the growth of Britain's business enterprises is poor time management, new research has revealed. COMMENT. bad time management.
5 vital time management tips entrepreneurs need to know right now ...insider.co.uk

all 2 news articles »

Modern Machine Shop

Time Management – How Effective are You?
Modern Machine Shop
people, but there are some tested, basic time-management techniques that can guide us, and one of these is credited to Dwight Eisenhower, a very successful military commander and the 34th president of the United States. Eisenhower was so effective at ...


Forbes

Want A New Job By The New Year? Five Time Management Moves To Make Now
Forbes
A popular end-of-year resolution is to land a new job by the new year (and a University of Phoenix survey shows that over half of U.S. adults want a new career altogether!). If a fresh start by new year is a dream of yours, then you have about three ...


To be a great student, you need to be a great student of time management
OUPblog (blog)
You might be brilliant. An exceptional student. But if you can't get your paper in on-time, revise ahead of the exam, or juggle a busy student & home life, then no-one will ever know how you brilliant you are. Time management is the skill that unlocks ...


Above the Law

How To Win The Time Management Game In Law School
Above the Law
Despite popular belief, it is possible to succeed in law school — even during the first year — and have some stress-free, free time. Through my own time management trials and tribulations, I have tried countless hacks to become more organized and ...


BellaNaija

Nadine Okoeguale: Do These 3 Time Management Tools Really Boost Productivity?
BellaNaija
Another argument is that to-do lists are not useful in discerning between the more complex and time-consuming tasks and the simple ones. For example, when you check your list and see that you have to send an email and re-arrange your entire wardrobe, ...


Texas A&M The Battalion

Coaches for Academia
Texas A&M The Battalion
In 2013, A&M began offering a new program in the Academic Success Center where full-time academic coaches help students improve their study techniques as well as their time management skills. These coaches offer several workshops including Commit ...

Google News

What Would Save You Time?

We all get overwhelmed from time to time, and sometimes... Read More

What to Do When Your Alarm Clock Doesn?t Wake You Up

Tring ? Tring the alarm rings?but did you fail to... Read More

Get More Done at Your Office: Focus on These Eight Areas for Increased Productivity

Your productivity depends on good tools and effective environments, and... Read More

Fitting An Education Into A Busy Lifestyle

Fitting an education into a busy lifestyleMany people have aspirations... Read More

Tips to Save One Hour Per Day

At Home? Keep related items together, for example the coffee... Read More

Beyond Time Management ? Seven Ways to Leverage Your Time for Greater Results

Most of us have a to-do list ? some of... Read More

Let Someone Else Do It

When you decide to become self-employed, you automatically become the... Read More

Todays Overload: Tommorrow

Whatever providence has in store for us tomorrow is not... Read More

How To Make Your Job Easier

The techies could do a lot more to make our... Read More

5 Time Savers You (Probably) Havent Tried Yet

1. Do tasks less frequentlyClean house every 10 days rather... Read More

Time Management: Eliminate Time Killers to Gain More Hours Every Day

There are two types of time killers in everyone's life.... Read More

Are You Watching Too Much TV?

Many folks tell me that they just don't have time... Read More

Creative Leadership; Inspirational Power ( Part 2 )

Time management is absolute crucial nowadays where business decisions have... Read More

Sprint Through Your Workday, Even if Youre a Marathoner

Whenever you have projects that can't be done in one... Read More

Top 10 Ways to Manage Yourself - Time Wise

"Time management" is a myth. Time ticks by, whether you... Read More

A Fatal Mistake that Can Cost You Your Business ? And More

Whether you're a new business owner or if you have... Read More

What is ?Life Balance? and How Can You Attain It?

We all face decisions that involve doing things that affect... Read More

How A Simple Four-Letter List Can Make or Break Your Business

One of the biggest problems most people have when it... Read More

Make Procrastination Wait

Reflect on the rewards of kicking the procrastination habit. They... Read More

Quantum-less Time and Mathemathically Deprived Theory

What would you say to me if I told you... Read More

Talkin About Chicken

Yesterday, I'd just gotten comfortable at my favorite table in... Read More

Productivity at Home

Increased productivity, the ability to get more value for our... Read More

The Power of Limited Time

The most powerful resource that we have is time. Everything... Read More

Reading -- 10 Ways to Find The Time

Why Read?It's been said that there are three kinds of... Read More

Painful Cost of Working Yourself to Death

We all know the harmful effects of overwork. People get... Read More