The modern world has a habit of putting the brakes on our motivations and goals. Think of all the times you have thought about doing something only to find a more mundane activity requires your attention. If you are serious about being successful at every stage in your life, then you need to think about how you can make the best use of your time. After all, what is more frustrating than having something you aspire to be blocked by something outside your control?
Time management is a skill that is highly regarded in the world of business. A key competency required by most employers is time management and organisation. To be an unstoppable force, the first thing is to make sure the time you spend on things is used to the best of your ability.
If you think I am stating the obvious, or feeling patronised, let me ask you this : how much of your daytime do you use for meaningful activity? How much of your time is spent relaxing or procrastinating when you could be learning a new skill? The truth is we are far less economical with the time than we would like to believe.
If you have ever set yourself a goal, it should have been accepted that their needs to be a timed aspect to it. Your life must be time bound, to an extent, or you may find that you never quite make it. If you want to get a promotion at work, you succeed more easily if you set your sights on timed milestones to get to that point.
You can start out by identifying the skills you want to develop and agree on certain dates when you can attend meetings or training with a mentor. Then you can set your sights on a role that is available to you and set yourself dates by which to prepare a new CV or practice interview techniques. Having a life that is divided up in to time bound goals is one of the best cures for procrastination.
At times you are playing the long game in your life. This can mean making investments of time and/or money. Think about how much time you spend on unimportant things during the course of the day. Ask yourself, ‘what can I do to make better use of my time?’
Think more and more productively to live productively . There is no need to worry if you feel like you are not always firing on all cylinders. Sometimes you want to be full steam ahead, taking action on your goals, and other times you want to be quiet, meditative and concentrating on your goals.
You see, the biggest difference between someone who manages to get as much out of life as possible and someone who doesn’t is pro activity. You might be scratching your head thinking ‘ I’m not lazy’, but you might be surprised to learn how much of your time is spent being unproductive.
Think about your average day, from when you wake up to when you go to sleep, and ask yourself, ‘how many moments did I spend doing nothing today?’ Were there any points of the day when you didn’t work to maximum productivity? I imagine the answer is: ‘quite a lot actually!’
Taking time over the allocation of time is one of the best ways to ensure you spend it wisely. Try and make a list of things you need to do, and prioritise what needs doing into Important, Necessary and Time-waster.
Break down your workload into specific targets for each study period. It will make those big important projects seem less daunting and you will have a sense of achievement. Then estimate how long each task will take. You can then set a realistic amount of time for each activity.
Set yourself early deadlines and build in extra time in case the work takes longer than expected. You will also feel less pressurised by keeping your diary and lists up-to-date, ticking off completed work and amending your timings if necessary. Short , regular sessions are normally more effective providing the time is well balanced and managed effectively
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