Creating Success Through Effective Time Management

1. Become more effective by setting realistic goals for yourself.

Time management is virtually impossible without realistic goal-setting, and to be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. A goal can be both high and realistic, but you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be. Actually, a high goal is frequently easier to reach than a low one because a low goal exerts low motivational force. Some of the most difficult tasks you will ever accomplish may, in fact, seem easy simply because they are a labor of love. Your goal is probably realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished. Additional ways to know if your goal is realistic is to determine if you have accomplished anything similar in the past, or to ask yourself what conditions would have to exist to accomplish this goal.

2. Broaden your understanding of what’s expected of you by asking questio
ns.

One of the biggest time-stealers in life is simple miscommunication, so make sure that you have all the information that you need to complete a task before you start it. Asking pertinent questions about a job or an assignment is not a sign of incompetence…on the contrary, it shows your commitment to getting a thing done right the first time.

3. Boost your self-esteem by putting an end to perfectionism.

Know when to stop! It’s tempting to keep fussing with a flyer or obsessing over a follow-up email, but there comes a point where the time spent working on a task is greater than the benefit of your efforts. That’s when you need to stop, and move on to the next task! When you retire from being a perfectionist, you’ll learn to like yourself better.

4. Ban time-wasters by learning to say no.

You are responsible for the stewardship of your own time, so if you feel that a request is unreasonable, is going to take too long to accomplish, or will prevent you from accomplishing your goals, politely refuse. If this is difficult for you, practice your refusal aloud to a friend or in a mirror. The more you become comfortable with saying no, the less time you’ll waste on unnecessary and irrelevant things in your life.

5. Be kind to yourself by taking a break.

The bottom line is this…if you’re burned out or exhausted, you’re more than likely wasting your time and money. Better to take a few days of uninterrupted time off than to drag on for weeks working half-heartedly. The concept of “Work smarter, not harder” involves keeping this kind of balance in your life.

6. Better yourself by investing in your skills.

You can only make a withdrawal from where you have made a deposit. Take a seminar, find a coach, read a book, attend LifeSkills In The Now…whatever it takes! Learning something new can save you time, and make you more effective in your business. Remember, no matter how talented or able you are, you don’t know it all, and there is always room for improvement.

7. Build your life around the now.

Stop procrastinating Do something today! When you have a prioritized to-do list, do the items in the order they appear—no cheating, no rationalizations. Period. You empower yourself by seeing results from your efforts, and when you see them on a daily basis, you create a dynamic energy that enables you to do more than you ever thought you could!

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8 Responses to “Creating Success Through Effective Time Management”

  1. My life is better for having listened to your teachings over the past few years, but especially for the last few Wednesday nights and this one is no exception.

    Thanks for the time you spend preparing your teachings.

  2. I remember one night my father (who had a catering business) asked me to be in charge of a catering sites. I was 16 or 17 at the time. I wasn’t sure if I was ready to take on that responsibility. My father had faith in me so I did the site. I took that night on and tried to do my dad’s rep. proud. I did my best and expected my helper to do the same.
    We were there for about 4 hours and my help wanted to go out back and smoke but I didn’t let them. It seemed that they only wanted to show up and collect a check but I quickly let them know that we were there for only 4 hours and that we were the image of my fathers business. If they wanted to smoke they would have to do it on their own time.
    We worked hard and made the client happy.
    Working hard and serving others is what I did since I was a young teen. It could have been easy that night to tell my father I wasn’t ready but before we left for the site my father sat me down and explained everything that I needed to do. As for my help she got upset with the fact I wouldn’t let her smoke at the site and she threatened to tell my parents. I quickly let her know I was my father’s partner regardless my age as she was old enough to be a parent to me and I would have a talk about her to my parents.
    That experience taught me Work hard, Take pride in your work, be responsible and know when to say no.

    Now being a member of CITN I put that same effort in the work I do here. I tried to give up one of my main duties but was refused to give it up and now that I have told you this story of my past I understand why I was refused to give up that position.
    We all need to make an effort to serve this ministry any way that is needed.
    No excuse EACH one of us is representation of this ministry as in turn a representation of the Father. Now Go And Do Your Daddy Proud.

  3. Bishop,

    Totally loving the format of LSITN….It’s a practical approach to everyday living that you rarely find in a church setting. I am so thankful that God gave you this word because this word (especially points 6 and 7) ring so true with me during this season that I’m in now.

    AWESOME!

  4. # 2,Asking questions to broaden understanding. As we mature, we tend to do this more and more. When we were very young, we asked questions all the time, then after awhile, we think we do not need to, because of course we know everything, and have the surface energy to redo if we hit a snag. Movement itself is important as an end. As we mature, movement is important as a means. We ask more questions, so that redos diminish, making each action more effective. We have energy, and it is a gut energy ,not as much head energy. Each movement in life is more succinct, which often comes form asking more questions, before action.

  5. #1…Is my goal truly realistic? Do I truly believe that it can be accomplished?
    What conditions would have to exist to accomplish this goal?
    Great questions to ask!
    followed by #7, have I prioritized my to-do list?
    Hmmm…well then…sure is good to know what the first thing is that needs to go on the list!

  6. #4 is what I am working on because in the past it has been hard for me to say no but I’m working on saying NO to people that waste my time. I have to realize that everybody’s project is not my project and start following my own dream because I do have dreams and my own stuff to do. I am so enjoying these sessions and I do pass it on because my friends say you have changed and I say let me tell you about these classes I am taking.

  7. Thanks Bishop, I know this is going to help me!

  8. Bishop:

    First off, I want to say thank you for making this available by internet.

    Wow..this was encouraging and I could only imagine what it would have been like in person. All seven points were excellent ones and I am still in awe because they seem so simple but the lessons are solid ones. Number 1 is so true…I have wondered why I seem to accomplish the long term goals rather than the short term ones. Thank you so much! This is helpful.

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