HOW TO EXTEND YOUR TIME by asking 4 questions about the stuff on your To-Do list

In this busy Easter week and forthcoming skiing in French Alps – I have to be calm and productive as much as I can. Hence, it is good to practice 4Q exercise. This is all about time management and I know that my 4Q will be valuable for you as well. Why? Because by thinking about how we use our time today, we can free up our hours in the future.

Q1: CAN I ELIMINATE THIS TASK?

1st: say NO to unnecessary duties. 2nd: do not worry about disappointing other people. Why? Read Q3.

Q2: IF I CAN’T ELIMINATE THIS TASK, CAN I AUTOMATE IT?

Come on – we are living in the XXI century! Have you known that you can save 30 minutes a month from paying your bills by setting up online payment?

Q3: CAN IT BE DELEGATED, OR CAN I TEACH SOMEONE ELSE HOW TO DO THIS?

This is a leadership skill and mindset. This is my favourite part of this exercise ?

Q4: SHOULD I DO THIS TASK NOW, OR CAN I DO IT LATER?

Be careful! Procrastinating on purpose is about consciously deciding that we will do a certain thing later, not just waiting to do something that we know we should be doing now. It is a huge difference!

I wrote this post because… I gained extra some minutes after doing my 4Q. Now it is your turn. Good luck!

2019-04-15T17:34:12+00:00

About the Author:

DOROTA IWANKIEWICZ, FCIM | Senior Strategic/Marketing Professional | External&Internal Branding Specialist | CIPD & CILEx member Dorota combines 20 years of experience and constant development in the range of influencing people as a senior marketing/strategic professional and a managing director conducting manufacturer's projects. As a senior marketing professional: she accompanies DM2 Agency’s clients to achieve their defined goals, using knowledge and rich resources from neuromarketing, behaviourism, psycholinguistics. Dorota is the author of an educational programme about the art of persuasion, protected by the intellectual property law and implemented by the best Polish universities, and she is a co-leader of business workshops cooperating with the top law’s firm from City London. Her portfolio, gathered for many years, represents examples of effective marketing&PR campaigns eg. VISA, Mastercard, GSK, British America Tobacco, Geberit. She was a leader in European transitional programme (cooperation: Poland and UK) focused on training systems in order to develop employability, improving the labour market according to EU programme Europe 2020 growth and jobs strategy. Dorota is future-focused, inquisitive and open-minded; seeks out evolving and innovative ways to add an irresistible value to the clients/organisations. She consistently leads by example, acts with integrity, impartiality and independence, balancing individual, organisation and legal parameters. EXPERTISE: Leadership and Management | Communications strategy | Negotiations | Neuromarketing | Public Relations | Employer Branding | Employment Law | Psycholinguistics

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