Time management and life management, what relationship?
Time management is life management. What we do with our 24 hours is what makes the difference. Learn to handle your time just the way you handle your breath. Whenever you lose one minute of your time you don’t regain it. You shall use the next minutes to do what you should have done already, while the things to be done at that very moment are left undone and postponed. Do not procrastinate. If you must work for 2 hours, let it be 2 hours of work and not just 2 hours at work.
Brian Tracy in Time Power says “The more I studied success and successful people, the more obvious it became to me that they all had one thing in common. They all placed a very high value on their time, and they continually worked at becoming better organized and more efficient. I eventually came to the conclusion that no success is possible without excellent time management skills. You cannot even imagine a happy, fulfilled person whose life is in a state of disorganization and disarray. The best discovery I made was that, when you develop the disciplines of time management, you simultaneously develop many of the other habits that lead to high achievement, wealth and success in every part of your life”
How to initiate proper time management
Brian continues his discussion by stating what the starting point is:
You must desire to manage your time well; you shall also have to avoid procrastinating. If you have figured out what you really want to do, then get on it and get it done already. Don’t allow anything to deprive you of what matters to you. Develop a sense of control over your work and your personal life. You will feel like the master of your own destiny. You will feel more positive and powerful in every part of your life.
What psychologist think about this
Brian says over the years psychologists have done extensive research in the area of what is called “Locus of Control.” They have discovered that you feel positive about yourself and your life to the degree to which you feel in charge of your life; you have an “internal” locus of control. With an internal locus of control, you feel that your life is in your own hands, you make your own decisions and you are responsible for your own actions and outcomes. You are the primary creative force in your own life. That’s how you take control over your life and handle your time to your advantage. Handle your time like your breath! Time management is life management.
The way forward
Decide for a day, establish a well-defined plan and keep your clock close to you, making sure you remain faithful to that plan. I can assure you that you will be amazed how much you will achieve on that singular day. The truth is, everyone agrees that excellent time management is a desirable skill but what many people lack is self-discipline. In this regard, very few people can be fairly described as organized, effective and efficient. Now you know why only few people are really successful in life. You must value your time and learn how to manage it well. Conquer yourself and start taking charge! You were born to win.
Various misconceptions about effective time management
1. The fear of “aloneness”
Like Brian Tracy puts it, “the first myth of time management, or negative belief is that if you are too well organized, you become cold, calculating and unemotional. If you are extremely effective and efficient, some people feel that they will lose their spontaneity and freedom. They will become unable to “go with the flow,” to express themselves openly and honestly. People think that managing your time well makes you too rigid and inflexible”.
Many people suffer under the weight of this misconception and remain indiscipline to their own disadvantage. If you are well organized, when you think and plan ahead of time, you rather have enough time at the end to relax and do other things. The better organized you are in the factors that are under your control, the greater freedom and flexibility you have to quickly make changes whenever they are necessary.
2. The negative suggestions of the past
Another barrier to good time is the things people have said to you so often and you have finally accepted and internalized them. Your teachers, parents and friends have said these negative things about you in the past: “you are very sluggish”; “you are always late”; “can you ever be of any use?”; “you never finish anything on time” etc.
Now that you have become an adult, you are still operating unconsciously to obey these earlier commands. The most common excuse is “That’s just the way I am,” or “I have always been that way.” The fact is that no one is born either messy and disorganized, or neat and efficient. Time management and personal efficiency skills are disciplines that we learn and develop with practice and repetition. If we have developed bad time management habits, we can unlearn them. We can replace them with good habits over time (Brian Tracy, Time Power).
It’s time to start watching the clock very closely! It’s time to start getting things done! Take control over your time! Take control over your life! Let no one speak you down on your knees. God created you for great things. Do not leave them undone.