“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one” . -Mark Twain
Have you ever wished for a few more hours in the day? Why is it that some people seem to get everything done effortlessly and others feel that time constantly eludes them? The secret to managing your time well isn’t working more hours. It is about prioritizing the important things and learning to use the time you have more efficiently and effectively. The secret is working smarter, not harder.
Some of us, by nature, organize and get tasks out of the way before we relax, while others of us play first and work later. It is important to first recognize which type you are and whether your style is allowing you to have the life you really want. Maybe you are super-organized at work, but burned out because you don’t know how to make time for yourself. Maybe you are naturally a less organized person who knows how to relax, but you are dissatisfied because you aren’t fulfilling your goals and dreams.
Rather than labeling yourself or beating yourself up, realize that time management is an area of your life that you can strengthen. Like a new muscle, it takes practice and repetition to make it stronger.
To help you get started:
Try the first one or two that jump out , at you:
· Allocate time for planning and organizing.
· Create to-do lists that are realistic, not intimidating. Use only one to-do list.
· Schedule your time in a way that reduces interruptions that lower your productivity.
· Prioritize what is most important and do that first.
· If you say yes to everything that comes your way, learn to say no.
· Ask for help and delegate.
· In the evening make your to-do list for the next day, so it will be out of your brain and on a piece of paper. Leave work with a clear head and a clean desk.
· Acknowledge yourself daily for all that you have accomplished. Also take a look at the two biggest hindrances to using time effectively: procrastinating and lacking purpose. We usually procrastinate when a task seems too daunting, too large or too complex, or when we feel we won’t be able to handle it. When you get that “deer in the headlights” feeling, try “chunking”: break the large task into smaller, manageable action steps and start with the first one. We also often drag our heels or use our time inefficiently because we are bored, unengaged and uninspired. The most effective people will tell you that they love what they do and are aligned with a greater purpose.
When it comes to managing your time, you may need to ask the larger question:
“Am I doing what I love to do? Am I doing something meaningful to me?”
As you strengthen your new time management muscle,
keep your focus on getting organized so that you can live the life you came here for.
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