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Do you look before you leap at work?
July 26, 2010

Hello . I hope you enjoy this week's tip: "Do you look before you leap?"

Imagine you are at a beach and you are walking along rocks next to the water looking for a place to dive in. Do you jump in anywhere or do you look for a place where the water is deep so that is safer when you jump in?"

Most people will look before they jump in this situation. Some people will be more adventurous than others, some might not jump in at all.

So, what does this have to do with business time management?

At work people jump-in before they look. Most people I talk to at workshops and events jump into a task without really looking at what it is or what outcomes they want. And this is even when they are spending time on a high impact task!

Take 5 minutes to save 33.

My clients tell me this tip cuts hours off their week. Just take 5 minutes to write the specific outcome you want to achieve in this block of time, write down the time you have allocated today and confirm you want to stick to that time (or change it if you want to).

Then write out a 4 to 6 point plan. That's all there is to it. One client told me told me he did this when painting some rooms in the house over a weekend. He saved about 17 hours compared to the last time he painted rooms in the house, just be taking 5 mins to do the mini-plan!

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The BENEFIT of "planning before you jump in" is that you confirm your outcome and you create a flow that maximizes your effort rather than stopping, starting and redoing work several times. Maybe you could save 17 hours on your next project.

Have the time of your life this week.


Michael Erwin

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