Experts have proven to us that Time is life, the way you manage your time is the way you manage your life, time management is the key ingredient in personal and business success, I attended a training today on time management and here are a few steps to help you manage your time effectively and achieve more in every area of your life.
1- Identify your value system…List values that are important to you; Everyone wants success, what that looks like may differ from person to person. Having a clear idea of what success means toyou makes it easier to focus in on what you need to be doing on a daily basis to make that success happen for you. In our fast paced life we rarely take time to stop and think about values. What is really important to you? And are you consistently (daily, weekly, monthly) doing activities that support those value? Truly meaningful time management is more than checking off tasks on a list.
2- Goal setting; Success in life happens when we focus our energy, time and talents on specific goals. Using your time wisely means making choices about where best to aim your focus. Think about Zig’s quote, “It’s not lack of time; we have the same amount of time as any “avarege” billionaire. It’s how we spend it that makes the difference.
3- Plannning and scheduling your time; To get the result you want, you must find the time to do activities neccesary to reach the goals you have set. That doesn’t just happen- that takes planning! Many people resist the idea of planning their day because it seems too structured, too much of a hassle, and who has time to plan anyway? Planning your day enables you to make better decision and actually increase your control over your day. A well planned day reduces stress and can produce more creativity and even create more time in your day.
4- Identify and eliminating time wasters in your day; Even the best plans can sometimes go awry. There are many times in your day that are wasted. Learning to recognize those times and then productively and creatively handling them is a vital skill. The top seven time wasters are interruption, procrastination, Meeting, Poor planning, Socializing, waiting for answers and shifting priorities.
5- Tecnology; Maximize technology available to better manage time. Technology can be a gift and an albatross to your time management efforts. Use cell phones, e-mails, are examples of technologies.
6- Stress management; Stress is the perception that events and/or circumstances have exceeded our ability to cope. Most of the time it is not the event, person or circumstance that is particularly stressful, it is how we percieve our ability to get through it taht causes our stress. Generally speaking, the more in control we feel the less stress in life we feel. Conversely, the more out of control we feel, the more stress we feel.
How well would you use your time? what are your goals in life? How are you working to ultilize your time? These steps would see you through effectively saving your life as time is life.