Managing Time & Being Organized

 

Taking control of your time and your life is important.  This promotes authority over our lives, and, this is a characteristic of successful people.

Skillful management of your time is fundamental.  The way to create a life that is consistent with your deepest values and desires is to set priorities, make plans, and follow through on those plans.

Creating a “To-Do-List” can help.  List everything you need or want to get done.  Then, set your priorities.  You need to become aware of and record everything you’re doing so that important things get done on time and nothing has a chance to sneak up on you.  You also need to commit to keeping your schedule, and not wandering off when something more momentarily interesting occurs.

Begin each day working on whatever makes you the most anxious.  Once you’ve confronted the most difficult work, subsequent activities will seem easy.  Starting the day with a period of productivity also helps us feel good about ourselves for the rest of the day.  Working when you have the highest level of energy is good.  When tired or distracted, change activities or mix it up!

Putting off tasks creates anxiety/ stress.  Stop “thinking about” the task and Take Action!

A task-laden calendar curbs spontaneity, which can be frustrating.  But if you preplan, you’ll have more freedom to do something on the spur of the moment.  Time is not the issue.  The issue is deciding what you can do given the time you have.  We all have the same 24 hours.  You can’t do everything, but you can do anything, as long as it fits into your calendar.

Organization fosters and supports creativity and spontaneity.

Continually ask yourself “What is the best use of my time right now?”  If it is not important, or urgent, don’t do it.

Indeed, time is at a premium in today’s busy society.  Don’t waste time.  Optimize it.  Then, improve it again.  If you do this, you will see an impact on your organization in terms of increased productivity and output, revenues, and profitability.

Time management and organizational skills will save you from stress by allowing you to be more productive in your life, and they you valuable time.  Your moment-to-moment choices accumulate to determine whether you succeed or fail.

Learn to value time, just as you value life.

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