How To Be Successful In Life – Know What You Want To Achieve
Learn To Manage Your Time Efficiently
There are several time management software packages on the market but these can be expensive and difficult to use. All you really need is a pen or pencil and some paper. If you follow these stages you should have a pretty effective time management system:
Identify the things most important to you, like family, paid work, friends – whatever. Put them in order of importance to you, most important first. This empowers you to give most time to the thing you value most and those that will help you achieve what you want to achieve. Then you can decide how much time you can realistically give to each aim.
Know what you what to achieve
Be realistic about your goals but then commit to them fully. What needs to be done? When? By whom? (Remember *you* don’t have to do everything yourself.) Divide these goals up into several smaller achievable steps that you can tick off along the way.
Assess the way you work
Are you a slow starter? Are you someone who works best at the certain times of the day? Are you easily distracted etc? Finding out these things will help you a lot with time management. It will tell you when you are most productive and also it will highlight skills and characteristics you perhaps need to work on.
Assess where you allocate your time
Identifying how you spend your time can help you see if you use it productively. List the things you have to do then around those, schedule other activities you want to include, such as visits to the gym, socializing or working on other things. Are you realistic about what you can fit in? Do you spend time worrying rather than tackling things?
Now you know how much time and when you have to work on things, you are ready to start work. You have not wasted time by doing this preparation work; you have cleared your mind of clutter and freed up energy with which to work productively on what you need to do.
So what do you need to do?
Make three lists:
- to do this month
- to do this week
- to do today
Break up tasks into smaller tasks
Make tasks manageable chunks so that you aren’t just panicking because you know you won’t achieve what you set out to achieve. When you have finished a task, take enjoyment in crossing it off your to-do list.
When you’ve decided what you need to do, get on and do it. That’s the only way to achieve something. Don’t be distracted by other things. You have decided your priorities and time management allows you to know that there will be time later that you can set aide to do the other things which crop up. You will also feel more motivated because you will also have scheduled in time for relaxing and for fun.
Avoid spending unreasonable amounts of time on one task. Get it done and move on. You probably wouldn’t improve much on what you’d already done because you would lose focus, worrying about everything else you need to do that you’re taking time from.
Using these tips to manage time effectively will make you more productive, more successful and yes – happier. It’s worth trying them out.
To your success,
Andy Shaw – A Bug Free Mind