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Time management seems to be elusive and one of those age-old struggles that never seems to go away. Despite new technologies that claim to make our lives easier and free up more of our time, most of us are as over committed and stressed out as we were before we began use of these devices and programs.
Here are some practical tips to create better use of your time as well as help you to get your more freedom in your day:
1. Identify the activities in your day that are time-stealers.
Keep track of how much time you spend reading emails, browsing the web and chatting on the telephone because these are some of the most well known time-stealers. After you track the time that you spend on these activities, it is likely that you will automatically start to decrease your time-stealing activities.
2. Set achievable baby step goals.
Even the smallest goals can put you on the track to better time management skills. Set a small goal, like not reading personal emails during work hours for a week or filing your mail the day it comes in instead of letting it pile up. Once you’ve achieved this small goal, move on to something bigger. Before you know it your time management issues will be a thing of the past.
3. Set up a time spending plan.
Why? Well, quite simply your efforts to better manage your time will not be noticeable until you start keeping track of the progress that you are making. Create a simple chart and put it on your desk or refrigerator – somewhere where you’ll see it every day – then fill out what you plan to do and when you did it. This will help you see at a glance what needs to be done and as you complete items you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment.
There are so many things that need to be accomplished during the course of a day, and sometimes it seems like an impossible feat to accomplish. The tips above were developed to show you some simple techniques that you can use to get more of the things you want to get done…DONE!
Decide on at least one of the above tips that you will put into action to help you get a better handle on your time. Let me know which tip(s) you used and how it worked for you.
What would life be like if you could actually capture and save time in a bottle? Don’t you wish you could? Well, we both know that there is really no such thing as saving time! Why do I say that? Think about it…we only get 24 hours each day, and once a minute of that day is up, it is gone forever and you can never get it back. While the idea of capturing time in a bottle may sound like a beautiful solution to getting the things done, in reality, only money, coupons and other tangibles can be saved and stocked away to accumulate in value. You can even save a life… But, time? Time can only be spent.
Many times we spend our time like we spend our money and waste it on things that add no value to our lives. We spend time talking big, but rarely do we step into the big vision we dream for ourselves and our families. Instead, we waste time waiting for the fear holding us back to be replaced by miraculously bold courage.
There is not enough time in the world for you to wait for the right time to be great! The key is not to look for ways to “save” time. But, to find opportunities to spend it wisely.
Here are a few ways you can become a master of making the most of moments you have:
Practice the Habit of Taking Imperfect Action: Waiting on perfection is like waiting on cows to jump over the moon. Progress is what’s important. As you take a step closer to your goals the path to success will reveal itself to you.
Talk Back to Fear : We all have those little gremlins in our head telling us what we can’t do. As well as, screaming all the things that can go wrong if we step out of our comfort zone. Know in your heart that these are lies. And, the next time that little “what if” monster starts hacking at your confidence, talk back and tell it “you’re a liar and that’s a lie”! Then begin to think, pray or meditate, and confirm to yourself all of the reasons it isn’t true.
Use Your Critics as Motivation: Dream killers don’t always live in our head. Sometimes they take the form of friends and family that for one reason or another are not supportive of our ambitions. Don’t let their sour grapes get you stuck. Learn how to use negativity as fuel to move you forward.
Don’t Let Unexpected Detours Shake You: Understand that when things happen that detour or even derail you, you should not give up. When life happens, sometimes you have to just grow it!! Use these times as teachable moments that strengthen your character and stamina. Look for the lesson, learn from it and keep moving!
Time is a wonderful gift. Given enough of it, we can heal our wounds, make beautiful songs and create a legacy for generations to come. If you COULD save time in a bottle ,would you treasure it as much as you do your money and other material things? It would be awesome to be able to go to the store and buy a bottle of minutes, a case of hours or even better…an unlimited minute plan for our lives. But unfortunately, we don’t live in a world like that. In the world we do live in, each second that ticks past is a moment lost . If we don’t spend it wisely, our lives become a blur of wasted opportunities. If you’ve been bottling up your dreams and potential, use these tips as inspiration and license to leverage your time to influence your success and that of others.
How do you capture each moment? What challenges do you feel keep you from mastering your time?
Share your comments with me, I’d love to hear from you!
Did you know January is National “Be-on-Purpose” Month”?
Living life on purpose is a resolution many people make at the beginning of the year. But, it does not matter when you decide to do it, the key is to make the decision.
In the spirit of starting this year off with your purpose driven best, informed I thought it fitting to celebrate by defining our vision. It is our vision that allows us to see and step into our purpose.
There is a scripture that states “my people perish from a lack of knowledge” Hosea 4:6.
I also believe that business owners perish from a lack of vision. If you don’t know where you want to go in your life or business, then how are you supposed to get there?
Here is a quick assessment to get you actively seeking out your vision…imagine for a moment…what kind of business you would want to have if you knew you could not fail?
• How much income would you make?
• How many employees would you have?
• What kind of lifestyle would you live?
• Where would you live?
• How much spare time would you have and what would you do with it?
It is important to have a vision so that you can create a roadmap to get there. Your goals are a part of that roadmap which leads to your vision. Your vision should be visual but not only that; it should be something that you can emotionally connect with now.
I challenge you to start creating success on your terms today!
- Start a Vision folder and begin to write out your life at its optimal peak.
- Write as though you are already living the life you want and deserve.
- Use the questions above as a warm up then sit quietly and let the words, thoughts and ideas flow from your spirit, to your mind, to your hand, through the pen and onto paper.
- Don’t edit as you go, just write!!
- Once you are done keep referencing your vision daily until it becomes your reality.
God says to “…calleth those things which be not as though they were” Romans 4:17. It is your divine right to live a purpose filled and blessings filled life. When we are successful we can use our blessings to help others live out their Vision and Purpose.
Start today informing yourself of your success and before you know it you will be living it.
Personal Effectiveness Exercise:
What is your vision for your business and your life?
Write it out in as much detail as possible. Then find visuals and create a life book or vision board that you can post to remind you of where you are going.
Be sure to share your results with me of my Facebook Page.