Personally, one of the things I really take pride in and am passionate about is taking time out of my day to write a blog post because I know how much it’s helping entrepreneurs around the world.
I always make time and I’m always up for it. What I’m going to talk about now is something that people have a hard time with. So many people struggle with figuring out how to manage time or managing themselves in time. To have the lifestyle that you dream of you have to first get a good hold on your time.
I don’t have enough time.
This myth is why most people are living a life of mediocrity. We all have the same amount of time. The Michael Jordans’, Oprah Winfreys’, and Bill Gates of the world all have only 24 hours in a day to accomplish what they want.
Lets take a look at what time management is. Google defines time management as the ability to use one’s time effectively or productively, especially at work. Effective and productive: now that’s a concept.
To truly be successful in managing your time you have to first shift your mindset. To help you with that I am going to provide you some facts.
There are 24 hours in a day and 168 hours in a week. Let’s say you spend 8 hours a night sleeping, 56 hours a week . You spend 50 hours a week at work or school. After sleep and work/school that’s 106 hours. Let’s say you spent 15 hours a week eating, and 24 hours a week doing nothing, like relaxing, playing video games, and watching TV. That’s 145 hours!
You could watch 5 more hours of TV and would still have 18 hours unaccounted for. So after you slept, you worked, you went to school, you ate, you watched TV and you relaxed, there’s still 18 hours left.
Where does the “I don’t have enough time” myth come from?
Now that you see you have time lets add some more. First off if you are under 30 why are you sleeping eight hours a day. I am approaching 40 and don’t sleep that much.
Next I want to ask, what is so important on televisions. I’m sorry I know, Keeping Up With The Kardashians. While the Kardashians are making millions form you watching reality TV, your reality is you’re losing money. You’er losing your most precious time.
“Successful and wealthy people have big libraries, poor people have big TVs.” — Jim Rubens
I’m not saying don’t watch television, but just make sure your priorities are straight before you do.
It is important that you not only have to understand time management but learn to manage yourself in the time you have.
How to be more productive and effective?
Being more productive and effective is not as easy as it sounds at first. You just have to make time, prioritize and cut out things that are not helping you to grow and become the person that you desire.
As you can see these generally mean the same. To accomplish this you have to first understand your “why”. Try answering these questions:
- What is your big picture; what do you truly want out of live?
- How can you simplify that into three specific and achievable goals?
- Why do I want this change in my life?
We all have an Idea of what our big picture is but often never take time to plan for it. By answering these questions you now know what it is you want and why.
You have to use this information to drive your daily actions. As an example lets say you have a goal to write 30 blog post in a month. Your daily schedule would have you writing a post a day.
“He who fails to plan is planning to fail” — Winston Churchill
To be more productive you have to plan your day. Take the goals you created above and simplify them into daily action steps. These action steps will make up you daily schedule. After every week look back and analyze what went wrong and what went right.
Analyzing your week allows you to see where you need improvement and what you need to focus on for the next week. If there is a task that is not profiting or benefiting you, you may be able to dump it all together.
The fact still remains that you have to plan your life. Create a schedule that outlines every waking hour of you day and stick with it. If things get tough take a look at your “whys” and that should keep you on task.
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