"Too much to do and not enough time."
 
If I had a nickel for every time I heard that phrase I could be on a tropical island right now.

When I felt overwhelmed and needed to get things done, I certainly didn’t have time to read a 300-page book or attend a 3-day seminar on how to "get more done." I needed something that I could comprehend in under an hour and start to use immediately! I needed a 15-minute fix!
 
My solution? PLAN-DO-SHOW. Easy as 1-2-3 in 15 minutes.
Here's what you need:
  1. You
  2. A calendar
  3. 15 minutes
Plan (5 minutes) : Start every day with a 10 meeting with yourself. (Yes, yourself  block the time right now on your calendar.)

In that 10 minutes, take five minutes and look at your agenda that day: What meetings do you have on the books? Calls? How much "work" time do you have left? Make sure you know what your day looks like. Too many of us never set or refer to our agenda: if you don’t plan your time, someone else will!
 
Do (5 minutes): Time is a limited resource. Whether working 8 hours or 18 hours, we have to rest sometime. Once you review your day, take 5 minutes and block that time before someone or something sucks it up!

Don’t leave any free time on your calendar or you know what happens: death by meetings. Block times to check email, read reports, write papers, call clients and do all the action items from all those meetings.

Now, you think I'm crazy and you're saying, "how can I do this? Won't my calendar look crazy? What if someone needs to meet with me urgently?  I'm not psychic, how do I know what will come up in the day?"

 
Remember, all calendar programs allow you make times as either "free" or "busy"  you decide how to label it. For me, I like to keep those time blocks as "free" so people know I am available by phone or walk in, but I get the advantage of alerts and reassuring myself that I have to get done.
 
Show (5 minutes): Take 5 minutes at the end of your day and show yourself what you did. Review the calendar agenda. Did you get it all done? Or did the day go crazy and you got nothing done as planned? It's all okay — move those things to tomorrow if they didn’t get done.
 
It is possible to use and thrive with this method but one size does not fit all. No one "thing" will ever solve the old issue of "too much to do and not enough time." Solutions are like the people who use them — special and unique. Hopefully, this small 15-minute trick will help you get more control on your day and achieve more!