Raise your hand if you have lots to do and suffer from “not-enough-time-in-the-day” syndrome. Even if you just have one finger in the air, you should take a peek at the WADE formula.
WADE has four simple steps and makes sense. I can’t take credit for this strategy, though. It comes courtesy of Julie Morgenstern, author of Time Management from the Inside Out.
Here it is in a nutshell:
Write it Down - This step is very straight forward. Simply put – get it all out of your head! Put all your to do’s on paper or in your smart phone.
Add it up - How long will it take you to finish all the tasks on your list?
Decide - This is often the step that can trip you up. You have to figure out which things you will actually work on. Julie says that if you’re feeling overwhelmed, you can use one of the four D’s: (1) Delete, (2) Delay, (3) Delegate, or (4) Diminish your to do’s into smaller, more manageable tasks.
Execute Your Plan - Get to work! Cut out all distractions and kick procrastination to the curb so you can get stuff done.
If you have Julie’s book and want more details, flip to page 62. Already using WADE? Leave a comment with how it’s working for you.
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