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Last, but certainly not  least on my list of the Top 10 time Management Mistakes is Doing Efficiently That Which Need Not Be Done.  Many people have been here before.  You have plenty to do, but your focus is not there.

Instead of focusing on what really needs to be done, you end up doing things that don’t necessarily need to be done.  This takes us back to having a prioritized list.  It’s a good thing to know your priorities and the level of priority for each, bit it does you no good if you don’t stick to it.  Spend time updating your task list and planning what gets done when.  Commit to your list and get it done!

Do you know what your priorities are?  If not, it’s probably decreasing your productivity.  Mistake # 6 on my list is Not Spending Enough Time on Top Priorities.   The Pareto Principle says that 20% of your activities account for 80% of the value of your activities.  Looking at that principle, one can see how important it would be, then, to know and focus on top priorities.

Set your priorities; the things that are important to you and then rank them.  What things are top or “A” priorities for you?  What’s a “B” or “C” priority.  Setting those priorities and knowing how they rank will help you spend the time necessary working on them.  Know what your priorities are and place them in your schedule accordingly.

Everyone makes mistakes when it comes to managing their time and there’s a long list of them.  I have what I consider to be the Top 10 Time Management Mistakes and thought that I’d share a few of them here with you.

The top mistake on my list is Checking email First Thing in the Morning.  This mistake is at the top of my list because it seems it’s the one thing I’m constantly recommending people not do.  We all know how much time can be spent reading and responding to email, and also how, if we’re not careful, we can easily segue into other things depending upon the content in the email we read.

This is not a good way to begin your day for those very reasons.  It’s time consuming and can lead to you doing things other than answering the email.  You know how it is…you open an email that asks you to do something that takes you way off track.  Then, 15 minutes later, you realize that you’ve gotten off track.

Start your day with one of your top priority tasks, not by checking your email.  This gets your day started with an important task and empowers your day.  Check your email 1.5-2 hours into your day.  Set specific times during the day to check email.  I recommend checking your email twice a day and that you turn your email notification off so that you’re not distracted by it and can focus on the task at hand.

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