Some people blame everything that goes wrong in their life on something or someone else. They take the role of a victim and they give all their power and control away. Successful people instead dedicate themselves towards taking responsibility for their lives, no matter what the unforeseen or uncontrollable events. They also show a high level of organisation and this helps them navigate unpredictable events and daily tasks easier. Learn how to take responsibility for your life and develop skills that will help you manage your time better. Not only you will you be less stressed, your productivity will improve with the right time management techniques and this will give you a greater sense of overall accomplishment.
Goal setting is critical to effective time management strategies. It is the single most important life skill that, unfortunately, most people never learn how to do properly. Goal setting can be used in every single area of your life, including financial, physical, personal development, relationships etc.
Setting meaningful, long-term goals is a giant step toward achieving your dreams. In turn, setting and achieving short-term goals can help you accomplish the tasks you’ll need to achieve the long-term ones. SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timed.
Prioritising your goals
Achieving challenging goals requires a lot of mental energy. Instead of spreading yourself thin by focusing on several goals at once, invest your mental focus on one goal, the most important goal right now. When you are prioritising, choose a goal that will have the greatest impact on your life compared to how long it will take to achieve. A large part of goal setting is not just identifying what you want, but also identifying what you must give up in your life in order to get it. Most people are unwilling to make a conscious decision to give up the things in their life necessary to achieve their goals.
Prioritising your tasks
The Urgent/Important Matrix Great time management means being effective as well as efficient. Managing time effectively, and achieving the things that you want to achieve, means spending your time on things that are important and not just urgent. To do this, you need to distinguish clearly between what is urgent and what is important:
- Important: These are activities that lead to achieving your goals and have the greatest impact on your life.
- Urgent: These activities demand immediate attention, but are often associated with someone else’s goals rather than our own.
Your ability to select your most important task at any given moment, and then to start on that task and get it done both quickly and well, will probably have greatest impact on your success than any other quality or skill you can develop! If you nurture the habit of setting clear priorities and getting important tasks quickly finished, the majority of your time management issues will simply fade away.
De-clutter your work space
Organising your work space in order to effectively manage your time and to be productive each day, you must create an appropriate environment. By eliminating clutter, setting up an effective filing system, gathering essential tools, and managing workflow, you will be well on your way to creating an effective work space.
There is much more to learn about successful time management, we basically just covered some main areas. If this is something that interests you, login to BLMS and take the Enterprise skills course – Time management to polish this useful skill.