Probably the most often heard excuse is “I don’t have the time.” But if you think about it – that is not the issue, because we already have all the time there is. Each day we are given 1440 minutes to do with what we wish, and at the end of the day they are gone and then we have a new set of 1440 minutes. So the issue is not that we don’t have the time, the issues is what we do with the time we are given!
Mastering time is not time management, it is self management – the management of our daily tasks and priorities to ensure that we accomplish what we wish to accomplish. This means managing ourselves, and allocating the time necessary to complete our priorities. If we deduct the time we have to spend in sleeping, eating, and other personal related activities, we are left with about 750 minutes per day that we have to spend on all the other things we want to do.
How then do we master this task?
The following are 7 areas where we might profitably concentrate our efforts.
1. First of all, take stock. We must understand our own strengths, and those areas of our life that require improvement.
2. Establish a clear vision, and set realistic goals. You must know where you are going if you expect to get there. Your realistic goals become your priorities.
3. Set time estimates based on these priorities, and their validity or urgency. Toward the end of each day, set aside some time to plan your next day’s work plan. Then when you arrive at work – adhere to the plan!
4. Identify distractions or interruptions, and work to eliminate them. An example would be to set strict time limits for emails and/or texting.
5. Establish your own system for planning and controlling priorities and their time requirements. Try setting aside daily blocks of quiet time when you will not allow phone calls or text messages!
6. Technology: Is the technology you are using saving your time, or is it consuming time? Is it a help or a toy?
7. Balance your life and your work. Be sure to plan for recreation and/or downtime.
If by following some or all of these points, you could reduce your wasted time by just five minutes every hour, your productivity would jump 8.3%! Hopefully you could do even better!
An instrument that will help you is the Time Mastery Profile. This profile helps people evaluate their time management skills in 12 critical areas: Attitudes, Goals, Priorities, Analyzing, Planning, Scheduling, Interruptions, Meetings, Written Communications, Delegation, Procrastination, Team Time.
The profile provides practical tips for improving your time management skills in those areas that need improvement. The Time Mastery profile also provides a detailed framework for Personal Action Planning under each of the 12 categories. As 2012 draws to a close, now is the best time to prepare for an abundant and prosperous 2012!
If you would like to see a free sample Time Mastery report, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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