What is the one thing in this world that we all have in common?
We only get 24 hours in a day…we are all subject to that rule, there is just no way getting around it.
Time management is sometimes viewed as nothing more than a list of rules involving the scheduling of appointments, setting goals, planning, to do lists and prioritization. While these are the core basics of time management they are just the basics, there is much more to time management and the use of time management to grow personally than just that.
Skills such as decision making, critical thinking and life/family balance are also essential to your personal growth.
Personal time management should be involved in everything you do. No matter how big small, everything counts. They all matter because they all take time, effort and energy.
Time management is about getting results, not just being busy. We are talking about working/living smarter not harder. How many of you know somebody that is always going at full speed but never seems to get anything done?
For most people there are six areas in our lives that we need to manage: physical, intellectual, social, career, emotional and spiritual.
Physical: having a healthy body, less stress and fatigue.
Intellectual: learning and other mental growth activities.
Social: developing personal or intimate relations and being an active contributor to society.
Career: involves school and work.
Emotional: appropriate feelings and desires and manifesting them.
Spiritual: a personal quest for meaning.
Thoroughly planning setting goals for each of the key areas may seem like a mountain of work but determining which area in your life is not being giving enough attention is part of time management. Each area contributes to the whole you, if you ignore one area then you are ignoring an important part of yourself.
Here’s a high level view:
1. Set detailed (S.M.A.R.T.) goals for each of the six areas of your life.
2. Break down those goals into yearly/quarterly/monthly/weekly and finally daily tasks.
3. Spend a little time each day completing tasks in each area of your life.
4. Periodically review your progress, reward yourself if you are on track and reset those goals/tasks if you are not.
Some more detail:
Review your goals often. The best way to do this is to carry them with you at all times.
Determine if a task or activity is necessary or not necessary in achieving your goals and will help you maintain a balanced life style.
Everyone of us has a peek activity time and a time when we slow down, these are our natural cycles. Use that information to determine when to perform difficult tasks and when to not schedule those difficult tasks.
Learn to say “No”. Friends and family ask us for many things, we need to learn how to say no if that request conflicts with our goals. Don’t be mean but do be firm.
Reward yourself occasionally for accomplishing a large task that is on your goal path.
Try and get the cooperation from people around you who will from your efforts of time management.
Don’t procrastinate. Attend to necessary things immediately.
Have a positive attitude and set yourself up for success. But be realistic in your approach in achieving your goals.
Keep a record or journal of all your journey. This will help you keep things in their proper perspective.
Do some reading, take some time management seminars and learn from what other people have done in this area. Franklin Covey’s Time Management seminar was particularly helpful to me in my journey so far.