Are you an individual who can’t seem to properly manage your time? Does this cause additional stress in your life? The good news is that there are a number of steps that you can take to improve your time management. Here are 6 simple steps that you can take to manage your time better and reduce the associated stress!
Know That You Have a Problem
Awareness that you may have a time management challenge is the first step in changing your behaviour. Although it is typical to be late for work or a social event on occasion, it is something that should not be happening on a daily or a weekly basis.
Decide To Change
Wanting to change is the next key to change. You need to set goals for yourself, as these goals can help to provide you with a source of motivation. Sample goals include showing up to work on time for a whole month, being on time for all dinner dates, and so forth.
Create Daily Task Lists
Creating a to-do list for yourself is an easy way to properly manage your time. Outline what you need to do throughout the day. Be sure to list your tasks in order of importance.
Rely On Time Management Tools
Consider using time management tools to your advantage. Use your cell phones and computers alarm clocks, alerts, calendars, and so much more?
Learn How To Say No
This can be challenging but try to not take on more than you can accomplish. Look into using outside help. In the home, this outside help can come from a housecleaner. At the workplace, this outside help can come from a co-worker.
If you are unorganized, you are likely to waste a large amount of time. For example, you can waste time by searching for lost or misplaced documents. or you can spend hours searching for your glasses or car keys.
These are just a few ideas you can put in place to help you get organized. It all starts with awareness and the desire to change! If you want it, you can have it!
When you go out, look at the people around you. Everyone looks like they’re in a hurry to get somewhere? When you ask your friends out for a gathering, do you often get, “Sorry, I’ve got an appointment, or I have a meeting on that day”? Is your response the same when they ask you?
Many people are chronically busy nowadays. They all have the desire to be successful as fast as possible. And to achieve that, they figure they have to compress five years of work into one, by moving five times faster! So they rush, sacrificing personal time and relationships, to get as much done as they can. But despite their earnest and wholehearted attempt to be successful, they often waste their effort because they lose their sense of direction – focusing on the trees, but failing to notice the forest – they end up running in circles.
If you don’t occasionally stop running and look up at the stars, how will you know which way is North? (Don’t tell me you have a compass.) In real terms, this means you have to set some time every day to stop and reflect.
· What do I value in life?
· What does success mean to me?
· Has what I’ve done today brought me closer to my life’s goal?
· How do I get from where I am, to where I want to be?
Yes, these questions require you to think deep; do some soul-searching. Everyone needs a Vision – that vivid mental image of what you’d like to Be, Do, and Have in life. Without it, we can’t see which way we’re headed. And the only way to develop it is to pause, reflect, think deep, and search your soul.
All a dying person wants is to be well again. All a homeless person wants is good food and a warm place to sleep at night. And all a grieving person wants, is to have spent more time with their loved ones. Don’t let this happen to you. Slow down, pause, and reflect.
Figure out what’s important to you in life. Then spend more time doing what’s important, rather than following the masses – being busy every day; chasing an imaginary shopping list of what it takes to be successful.
Whether it is for your business or your personal life you should always follow a budget. Even if you make significant amounts of money you should still have a budget. But before you begin making a budget you need to have a set of goals.
Do you want to be debt free, live on one income, or save for retirement? Make this into your personal or family financial mission statement. Write it down or type it up nicely and then have it laminated and display it in a prominent place where you can see it often. Many times we just need a reminder to ourselves for why we are doing a particular thing, and that can be just enough incentive when things get tough.
Set small range goals so you can see progress. It can be very difficult to keep up the discipline necessary to stay on budget if you can’t see any measurable progress. Develop some short-term goals that you can celebrate meeting. If your goal has been to reduce your grocery spending by $100 per month, then your weekly goal would be to cut grocery costs by $25. Likewise, if your goal is to pay off debt, make a chart to show how much you’ve paid off. Reward charts just aren’t for children! Use a type of chart where you can color in a bar to show your progress, and then color it in every time you make a payment so you can see the progress you are making. Put it up on your refrigerator or bathroom mirror as a reminder that your hard work is paying off!
Next, Identify your weak spots and develop a plan to battle them. In sticking to your budget, you need a clear idea of where you may be tempted to break the budget. If you are prone to impulse spending, then you must remove that temptation from yourself. If you go window shopping, leave your credit cards at home! Especially in the early days of sticking to your budget, it is important to re-train yourself to curb spending.
A good way to prevent yourself from digging yourself further and further into debt is to form a personal budget that can work for you. Many people spend their hard earned money frivolously without having many regards to how much money they will have left before their next paycheck comes. They will often find themselves having no money left and ending up having to borrow from a lender just to pay essential bills or provide for their family. The problem with this type of spending is that you tend to incur debts that will begin to cause added problems with your finances that you become unable to pay off your debts when needed.
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