How many weekends do you have left in your life? How many months do you have left in your life? How many weekends will you have with your children? It's important to maximise the enjoyment and the achievement of every bit of time. Many parents don't get enough time with their children, and later they pay the price of regret. What can be done about this. Chris Croft shows us how to think about what's really important in life.
- When I was about 35,…I shared an office with a guy that was 55,…and one Monday morning he came in…and he said, "Oh my god, Chris, I've just worked out…"that I've only got 800 weekends left."…And if you do the math,…you'll see he was probably about right.…Of course, it might be a few more than that,…but then again it might be much less than that.…There might be a big pile up on the motorway…on your way home tonight, you just don't know.…Sometimes people say to me,…I wish you'd never told me about that 800 weekends thing,…but I think I'm doing you a favor by telling you this…because it gives you the opportunity to make maximum use…of the weekends that you do have,…however few or many there are.…
Even if you're 25 or 35, this still applies to you…because you don't want to waste your days away,…and then suddenly realize when you're 60 or 70…that you could've done so much more.…So, if you got an email from God…saying you have 803 weekends left,…what would you do differently?…Would you make a list of things you wanna get done?…
The first—saying no—is simple in theory, but hard in practice. Chris explains how to reclaim the power of "no" to make room for true priority items. The second step, negotiation, allows you to spend less time on unimportant tasks. The third way is to delegate sometimes, and the fourth is improving systems and processes so that repetitive tasks are quickly and easily managed. Last but not least, Chris explains how to overcome perfectionism and nitpicking. He explains how to apply the five methods to all time-stealers, including meetings, interruptions, and more.
In the initial chapters, he'll help you clarify your life and work goals, prioritize to-dos using Eisenhower's matrix of tasks, and answers questions like "Does working longer hours actually get more done?" The worksheets included with the exercise files will help you apply the lessons to your own work and life, and hone your time management skills—one step at a time.
- Discover why you need to make the most of every day.
- Assess how to separate important from urgent items.
- Define Eisenhower's matrix of tasks.
- Determine how to find more time for important things.
- Discover how to say no.
- Prepare to negotiate tasks.
- Develop your delegation skills to save time.
- Improve your systems.