Saturday, May 04, 2013

Managing Your Time Wisely

How much time are you spending on creating change in your life? Are you spending time constructively or are you actually wasting time? And if you are, do you realize how this will affect your chances of success?
When you know what you want to do, the next step is to start working towards making it happen. But how much time do you actually allocate to your chosen goal(s)?
Of course for a lot of people it depends on how much time they have. But do you actually need a lot of time? What about if you don't have a lot of time, perhaps you have work commitments and a family to consider? Maybe you work 10 hours a day then have to come home and feed the children. Or are you one of the lucky ones who has many hours in the day to spend on your chosen goal.
But just how important is having a lot of time exactly?
I think what is important is not how much time you spend on your goal each day, (although the more time you spend the quicker you will get to where you want to be) but rather how you spend the time that counts. Just how constructive are you with the time you have?
Are you making monthly goals, weekly goals, daily goals or none at all and just doing stuff as and when you feel like it? How much time do you want to spend on your goals? Are you making enough time for yourself? Are your goals really a priority for you? Are your monthly goals being achieved? If not, why not?
Time becomes a precious commodity when you realize you aren't getting any of it back.
This is important because it isn't just about the time it takes to complete something, it is more than that. It is about showing yourself how committed you are to your chosen goal, it is about being more than just the words you speak, it is about understanding the long term gains to your short term movements / actions.
10 minutes a day spent actually doing something towards your goal is better than 1 hour thinking about it.
If you know something has to be done, why don't you go and do it the moment the thought enters your head, rather than making a mental note to do it later, (unless you are driving or some other similar activity) because more often than not in the time that follows you will think of more things that need to be done, which will then relegate the initial activity further down the list of priorities.
Become good at getting things done. Need ideas for a business? Spend time 10 minutes a day brainstorming ideas. Need to lose weight? Spend 15 minutes a day walking to the shops, or wherever. Need to learn Spanish? Spend 20 minutes a day with an audio CD learning new words.
Learn to be more constructive with the time you have got, you may be surprised by just how much you accomplish.
If need be write down a list of 2 or 3 things that you must complete each day and make sure they get completed no matter what, doing this will ensure you are constantly moving in the right direction.