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 questions.
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!