Calendars Can Be More Important Than To Do Lists
Most of us have been taught to keep a task list for our “to-dos” and a calendar for appointments, meetings, events, etc.
But what if you used your calendar to schedule everything?
Anything that you want to accomplish should be scheduled in your calendar.
Without a set time to get to work, chances are it will never happen. Block the time in your calendar that you’re going to work your business, just like you would a set appointment. Yes, it’s THAT important!
Units of time dictate our entire day. We all have the same number of minutes each day to accomplish whatever it is we want to accomplish.
Sometimes we might only have, that hour that our child is napping, or those 15 minutes while we’re waiting for our daughter to get out of school, or that 45 minutes while our child is playing soccer or at dance practice.
No matter how much time you can squeeze in throughout our day, it’s how you use that time that makes all the difference.
So let’s look at how using a calendar effectively can help you tap into the power of one focused hour a day.
Changing Your Behavior
I know it might seem like a pipe dream that a calendar could actually change your behavior.
But think about this…
Most of the time, the things that are on our calendars are meetings with others, maybe going to the gym. Anything that takes a specific amount of time is easy to add to a calendar.
But the things that don’t end up on your calendar are things like calling your mother.
So what happens is that when you use a calendar to schedule things easily such as meetings, but you don’t have a good way to schedule things like meditating, or reading, or even follow-up calls… the things that are on your calendar are the things that will happen and the other things will not get done.
And then sometimes, the things that are most important are the things that are not getting done.
So, since time is our most important asset, and since we’re mostly growing our Avon business around our families and other obligations, it’s important that we plan the available time we have to accomplish the most possible.
Once we have an event (or a task) scheduled on our calendar, it’s much more likely to become a habit.
Using a Calendar for Tasks and Reminders
The difference between using a calendar and a task list is the calendar accounts for time.
It helps you to make the most of the allotted time that you have available for your business, and can also help you find new slots of time to devote to building your business.
Reminders, on the other hand, are great for things like paying bills, or reminding your customers to get their orders to you, or placing your Avon order… or any other small tasks that need to be completed. These tasks can then all be grouped into a time slot on your calendar – maybe something called “Today’s Tasks.”
I have a great free app for reminders, called Microsoft ToDo. I love that it can sync with my phone and computer and I can view & mark tasks complete wherever I am.
Reminders definitely have the advantage that they keep popping up until you’ve actually crossed them off.
Using a Calendar for Goals
As you’re working to reach for your goals, it’s important to break it down and figure out what steps you will need to take to achieve them.
Then you can slot time into your calendar to make sure that you’re always moving forward towards achieving your goals.
Without careful planning, it’s easy to not notice the passage of time, and before you know it you’ve missed the chance to achieve your goal this year.
Calendars should help you make the most of your time – not just to track events. Make the best use of every little slot of time you can put aside for your business – and make everything matter – from your daily must-dos, to exercising more, or even just a little more “me time”
Of course you still need “to-do” lists, but schedule your “to-dos” into your calendar as well.
If you look at some of the most successful people, you’ll find that they live by their calendar. That’s a big part of why they’re so successful.
If something truly matters to you, put it on your calendar. You’ll be amazed at how much the likelihood of getting it done increases.
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By Lynn Huber
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