For those of you wondering how in the world you will survive next year’s event season since you haven’t even finish this year’s, Glenn Santos from Endless Entertainment has some wise words for you. We all struggle trying to get everything done with only a limited amount of time. Time is fixed, but your workload and how you manage it is not. In order to better manage time, Glenn advocates for the use of “startlines,” with the focus shifting to starting the project. Below is an excerpt from his blog, follow up the link. Enjoy!
With a startline, your focus isn’t finishing a task on an appointed date. Instead, your goal is to just get started on the work. Think of it as the exact opposite of deadlines. Instead of depending on “due dates”, your mindset is more focused on “do date.” So instead of saying, “We need to finish this, and this and this by a certain date,” you say, “We need to start this, and this, and this soon.”
Here’s how you can take advantage of startlines in your work:
- Make a list of things you want to accomplish.
- Write a startline or start date for each one.
- Limit your day’s work by choosing at least 3 tasks.
- Break the work down into smaller pieces.
- Focus on starting the tasks required to complete the job.
- Don’t mind the clock. Just work hard on your day’s tasks.
- Assign a new start date for unfinished tasks, if you won’t be working on them tomorrow.
If you let startlines govern and guide your work, you will discover that it’s actually possible to beat the traps of deadlines. Eventually, you will have “enough” time not only for your work but for other important things in life as well.
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