The DBV Time Management Method
Want to get more done in less time, without working harder?
How about going from feeling frustrated and a little burned out to feeling invigorated, with the absolute certainty that you know what to do next and next after that?
Now what if this could happen for you beginning tomorrow, and without you spending one thin dime or learning some new complicated new “system”?
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This plan is the heart of simplicity itself. I’ve used it for years and it works just as well today as it did the first day I used it.
But first, I have two confessions to make.
First, I used to be a time management system junkie.
I was a very faithful Day Timer user. For the record, their product is excellent and I used it for many years.
But it became tedious for me to carry the big notebook everywhere I went.
I tried David Allen’s Getting Things Done. Really tried. I mean I spent hours getting everything into my inbox. Hours more putting it where it needed to go.
But I felt trapped within the system. Great system, just not for me.
I can’t tell you how many time management systems I’ve bought over the years.
Each of them had merit. Each worked for me, in part.
But nothing, and I mean nothing, brought focus and direction like DBV.
Second confession – this is not my own original idea.
I use this idea, and have refined it to my own life but the original idea came to me from the one and only Zig Ziglar.
If you don’t know Zig, you should. No one person has helped me more than Zig. Even though I’ve never met him, and likely won’t meet him until Heaven, he has meant more to my career and life than any other figure.
Visit Zig’s site here. You will be so glad you did.
Now let’s get into the DBV method.
First things first – what does DBV stand for?
It stands for Day Before Vacation!
Almost all of us have worked at jobs before. And almost all of us have had vacations while working for others.
Now think back to the day before your last vacation.
Were you focused?
You bet you were!
Did you move with purpose?
Your coworkers almost had to dive out of your way!
Did you get more done in less time?
If you are like most people, the answer is a resounding yes!
Why is that?
I’m no psychologist, and I don’t play one on TV, but I would say this.
On the day before vacation three things are true …
- You know you have finite time – You have one day to get it all done.
- You don’t try to do too much – Because it’s vital that the important things get done you naturally prioritize what is important.
- You have something to lose – Most of us have felt the fear of not getting that project finished and having to delay or cancel our beloved vacation.
Now how about this thought …
Do you know more on the day before vacation than you did the day BEFORE the day before vacation?
Did you sit up all night studying the procedures manual from your company so you could do things just right?
Likely the answer is no.
So what did you do?
You used your natural ability to prioritize to focus on those things that matter most.
You see, I believe that we all know what to do. It’s just hard sometimes to actually do what we know we should do.
- Hard to write that article or blog post
- Hard to not check email every 15 minutes
- Hard to not glance at our cell phones right before going to bed
You get the idea.
Here’s another thought …
What if every day could be like the day before vacation?
It can be!
And there are five steps to make it so.
One – Get a sheet of paper or open a note taking document (I like Evernote)
Two – Write down the things that must be done tomorrow (must, not could)
Three – Prioritize the list – what gives you the most return?
Four – Do the hardest one first! After that, it’s all downhill. What a feeling!
Five – This is my twist – Have a second document open. When thoughts of what you could do come to you during the day write them down and forget them. Then keep moving!
I know this sounds simplistic. But I suspect you have used this method and know that it works.
If that is true, or if this is the first time you’ve heard it, start using it tomorrow and see what happens.
Why not open Evernote right now and get going on tomorrow’s list?
If you do this for one week I believe you will never go back. Never.
- You will get more done in less time.
- You will become the “go to” person because you get things done.
- You will have more free time and more peace of mind.
And those are all beautiful things indeed!