Time Management

The basic idea of time management is to set up goals and plans that are attainable.  Then you need to determine how to go about reaching these goals.  Everyone is unique so what works for one person to attain his or her goals may not work for the next person.  Each person needs to find the plan that is right for them.

The best way to accomplish something is to keep things simple.  Keeping something simple means putting a plan in motion that will work effectively and smoothly and will allow you to reach your goal.

When you are setting your goals be sure that the goal is reachable.  Is your goal something that you can achieve?  How can you successfully achieve your goal?

When you are setting goals you want to decide what strategies will work best to achieve that goal.  You want to develop a plan that is not complicated, but is logical.  You want to keep in mind that no plan is going to be perfect.  There will always be setbacks.  Your plan needs to be flexible enough that when things go off track you have the flexibility to get yourself back on track to ultimately succeed at reaching your goal.  It is important that you have a task list.  Throughout the day you can be distracted by numerous interruptions.  If you do not have a task list, then some important things you should be focused on completing can fall through the cracks.  If you are in business and a client’s need is overlooked, this will cost you money, may cost you the client, and certainly will not help you reach your goal.  Without a task list, you may overlook an important appointment or you may not pay a bill or order supplies in a timely manner.

Keep a list of any problems you are facing.  Look at the list and determine what problems are the most pressing and attend to these and get them out of the way.  Your confidence in your ability to reach your goals will grow as you solve the problems on your lilts.

One aspect of time management is to ask yourself the right questions.  Determine what is going to work for you.  Another part of time management is asking for help.  Knowing when you need help and asking someone to help you is a key to success.

There are times when you need to ask for help.  No one can know everything nor can one person do everything.  Talk with others.  Ask questions for which you need answers.  This will let the other person know that you are seeking a solution to a problem or you are trying to reach a goal.  In most cases, other people are more than willing to help you.  By asking questions you are relying on your own determination and at the same time trusting others to assist you.

Reaching your goal will not happen overnight.  You can reach your goal sooner if you keep your focus on your goal and do not waste time.  Remember that time is money.  When you learn to manage your time effectively you will be in a better position to reach your goals.  The best way to achieve your goals is to manage what you can control.