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How your fuel gauge helps you reduce your workload.
August 03, 2011

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Time Management Tip

How your fuel tank helps you reduce your workload.

It seems to be a universal problem. We take on too much. YOU take on too much. There seems to be a misguided sense of self-worth if you have a huge amount to do . BUT, this has a very negative impact because not getting things done creates stress, poor decision making, ill health and a sense of failure.

Right now, you may feel trapped by all things happening in your life. Your job, school obligations, errands, commuting, chores around the house and on it goes. By the time you get done with all the things you feel you have to do in a day, there is no time for the things you want to do.

So how do you reduce your workload and get time to do what you want to do?

You only get 24 hours in a day, and at a minimum six of those need to be devoted to sleep. That leaves 18 or fewer hours in any given day to squeeze in everything on your to-do list . And to get the most out of these hours you need to have lots of physical, emotional and mental energy.

You are pushing yourself too hard. You can't get everything done so STOP.

If your personal and workload becomes too much and you consistently run out of time, emotional and physical energy -- you enter the red zone known as overload.

To put this in concrete terms, think about your car fuel gauge. Got the picture in your head. OK when the gas indicator hits the red zone you know you are running out of gas. You know the car will stop running if you keep going for too long. So you know you have to stop and refuel otherwise the car won't run.

Now let's make the gas more like time. Imagine you get only one tank of gas per day 24 pints (not much I know it helps with the analogy). When you run out of gas, that's it, you can't use the car anymore. How would this impact the driving you did for the day? I think you would manage your driving more carefully and be very aware of getting close to the red zone.

Yet, you, and most people, do not look at time this way. You seem to disregard that you only have 24 pints of time available to get where you want. You get into the red zone but you still have more driving to do. TOO LATE, you have run out of time and things don't get done.

So STOP running on empty. START to use your fuel gauge and refuel when you are in the red zone. Think of your time like you have limited fuel to get you where you need to go today and you will be amazed at how you use your time much more effectively!


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Have the time of your life this week.


Michael Erwin

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