As we all know time does not stand still for anybody. Unfortunately we can’t create more time and once it’s gone it’s gone forever. So, if we can’t manage time, what can we manage? The simple answer is that we can only manage what we do with it. This means being more disciplined about how we spend our precious time.
Here are some of our top tips to help you manage your time better:
It’s important to focus your efforts on the tasks that will help you achieve the success you want. Learn not to get side tracked with all those less important tasks.
- Choose To Be A Victor not a Victim
It’s easy to fall into the trap of blaming the outside world (staff, suppliers, banks, customers etc.) for why we are too busy to achieve the success we feel we deserve. From here on in, make sure you choose to be a victor, rather than a victim – take ownership of your time and what you want to achieve with it.
- Set Goals
Set clear goals which you are emotionally linked to and create a plan of action to help you achieve your goals. This will help you focus during the time available and you will be less likely to become distracted.
Learn to priorities different tasks. In the book “The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People” by Stephen Convey the 4 main types of tasks identified were:
|– Not Urgent, Not Important- things that distract us from our goals.|
|– Urgent, Not Important – things that we are deluded by.|
|– Urgent and Important – things that put demands on us.|
|– Not Urgent and Important – things we do that lead to our goals.|
Going forward, ask yourself which category a task falls into and say NO to the distractions.
So to summarise, if you want to find time to achieve your goals, all you need to do is identify what is it exactly that you want to achieve, ensure this is something you are passionate about and then work out a plan of action with dedicated time to help you achieve it.
If you would like some help managing your time join us at our Time Management Workshop Friday 16th October. Click Here for more information and to register your place.