We live in an era that is fast moving and waits for no one. Teams to build, budgets to develop, projects to complete, staff’s to lead. Move to fast and you’re early, move to slow and you’re late. There doesn’t seem like there is enough time in the day to accomplish everything that needs to be done. Or is there?
We all have 24 hours in a day. How we manage and steward those hours is the question that faces every person. Time is no respecter of persons. Whether you are a student, athlete, coach, administrator, corporate CEO, or POTUS; time stands still for no one. So how do I effectively manage the time I have?
Below are a few suggestions that will help you manage your day…
1) Don’t Procrastinate: Do not wait until the day before or the night before to complete a project that is due. Don’t wing it. When you are not prepared it shows. Consequences are just around the corner when you procrastinate. Power down the phone. Turn of the TV. Put up the computer (unless it’s needed for your project). Let others know you will be out of pocket and not available for a certain amount of time. Lean into your project. Start early. Think ahead. It will be easier on you emotionally and physically.
2) Use a Planner: Using a planner is a great way to deal with time management challenges. If you don’t have one, invest in one as soon as possible. As soon as it’s in your hand write down or type everything you need to accomplish; when to start it, and when it needs to be completed. With all your activities and deadlines mapped out, you will know precisely when your appointments take place. Remember, if you fail to plan…then plan to fail!
3) Understand How To Prioritize: It can be difficult to critique yourself. That’s human nature. You might not believe there is anything wrong with your systems or methods, or you may honestly not see where the problem exists. Seek out an accountability partner. Someone who will tell you what you need to hear – not what you want to hear. Someone who is strong in balancing time management skills. Someone who is focused, disciplined and organized. Then allow that person to teach you how to prioritize. Check your ego at the door and allow that individual permission to mentor you. Remember, the people you surround yourself with will determine the quality and direction of your life.
Don’t Procrastinate, Use a Planner, and Understand How To Prioritize. Three keys that will help you develop effective time management.
What system do you use for time management?