How to manage your time might be one of the biggest secrets about the “rich and famous” that Mister and Missus average do not use properly. So let’s go and look at what “Wikipedia” says about time management.
“Time management is the act or process of planning and exercising conscious control over the amount of time spent on specific activities,especially to increase effectiveness, efficiency or productivity.”
My friend and mentor Willie Jolley wrote a book “It Only Takes a Minute to Change Your Life” that has helped me change my way of thinking about time and how I use my time. Have you ever thought about this: a minute used wisely becomes one hour used wisely, then a month, and then it become years. In his book he also says that at any point of time,one single minute can be a starting point of building your dreams.
Before we go over to see how you can better manage your time, ponder this little story from Africa:
“Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up and knows it must run faster than the fastest lion, or it will be killed and eaten. Also in Africa a lion wakes up and knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle, or it will starve to death. It does not matter if you are a lion or a gazelle; when the sun comes up, you better start running.” ~Willie Jolley~
So let’s start to run our time wisely to get to our dreams and goals, just like the Steve Jobs, Jim Rohn’s, Walt Disney’s, and many others have done with their time, because we all sit with the same amount of time.
Let’s first take a look at some tips for time management, and then I will show you what I use to become friends with Father Time.
1) Make a list of the tasks you need to accomplish
2) Assign realistic priorities to each task.
• Priority 1: due today or tomorrow
• Priority 2: due in one week
• Priority 3: due in one month
• Priority 4: due next year
3) Balance your efforts. Work on small portions every day
4) Decide upon the time of day.
5) Manage time in increments. Play a game with yourself by competing against time.
• Work in fifteen minute, half hour or hour intervals.
• Give yourself a time limit to complete a portion of a task or the entire task.
6) Take a break. Clear your mind and refresh yourself to refocus.
• Decide beforehand on a 5, 10 or 15 minute break and stick to that decision.
• During your break, reassess to develop a new perspective
• Breaks provide incentive by giving you something to look forward to.
7) Keep track of your progress.
• Cross things off the list as they are completed.
• You’ll feel more relieved and relaxed just by getting through the daily tasks.
• This will give you a sense of accomplishment and spur motivation.
8) Reassess the list.
• Rewrite and reprioritize your list as needed
• Add new tasks to the list.
• Eliminate certain tasks
• Delegate tasks to others.
• Use technology to complete tasks more quickly, efficiently or accurately.
9) Make sure to leave time for fun, it doesn’t have to be a lot of time but make sure that you do!
10) Sleep for 6-8 hours every night. If you don’t sleep for the proper amount of time, you’ll probably suffer from lack of concentration and focus, and that won’t allow you to function well.
I know that you might think, Theuns how am I going to remember all these ten points that you gave me? Remember, I said that I am going to show you what I use to win time. To do that, I am using a to-do list software program that my good friend Gavin Mountford has created to help people become masters of time. It is called “The Results Machine.”
With this amazing Results Machine almost all ten points that I just gave you are built into the program. To hear what I think about it and how it has helped me to manage my time better, just watch my short video.
I want to end of this post with this Quote From Benjamin Mays:
“I have only just a minute, only 60 seconds in it,Forced upon me, can’t refuse it.Didn’t seek it, didn’t choose it,But it’s up to me to use it.I must suffer if I lose it,Give account if I abuse it,Just a tiny little minute,But eternity is in it.“
~ Benjamin Mays~
What are you going to do with your minute?
I hope I could help you with “How to Manage Your Time” , thank you for all your Great comments and Feedback.