.”You give some to get some.” The old adage is usually applied to money but it is also true of time.
When we are very young or very old, time seems endless. But for the majority of our lives, time is something we always need.
We find ourselves often pressed for time or seem to owe time to others – from our bosses to our families. Time is such a valuable commodity so we need to make sure that we use it carefully. Careful use of our time means one thing – Time Management.
And Time Management is actually all about Energy Management – that is, managing your own self within the time available.
The sad truth is that most of us who are really in need of time management rarely utilize it. However, spending time on this simple four-step plan named “T.I.M.E.” can really make a difference in your day, your life, and your time!
T = Thoughtful Planning
Every minute spent on planning and organizing will save at least that amount of time when you implement your plan. Shopping trips taken without a list often result in wasted time, errands run without prior planning often mean wasted time, and tasks not properly organized often mean wasted time. We all know this is true and yet we still rush forward in our haste to get something done. Take time to plan and you will be more efficient.
Failing to plan is planning to fail.
I = Involving Others
Whether at work or at home, involving other crucial stakeholders in your planning and prioritizing can help you attend to the essentials and share the work. Others may have good ideas to help you achieve your goals and others may well spark even more ideas from you. Sometimes, simply talking things over with a sympathetic audience can help you think more clearly. Don’t forget to give others a share in the work as well as the planning.
M = Meditation
No matter how busy your life or hectic your schedule is, it is pertinent for you to take time to reflect on your goals and dreams. Taking a few moments to clear your mind, focus your energy, and rebuild your strength can revitalize you and help you accomplish more when you swing back into action. Allowing yourself this down time may well give you the opportunity to prioritize and brainstorm so you can be even more productive than before. Even if you may not have immediate breakthroughs from taking this time out, it will definitely give you an energy boost.
E = Evaluation
It is important for you to regularly evaluate your priorities and goals. Perhaps you have accomplished tasks that can now be permanently crossed off your list or can be set aside until a later date. Perhaps you have achieved certain goals resulting in a change of other priorities. Perhaps you simply have learned something along the way that caused a number of shifts in your priorities and goals. Evaluation can also give you a sense of accomplishment if you look back on what you have achieved and the goals you have reached.
Even if taking T.I.M.E. for time management can seem wasteful, it is actually a process that pays for itself time and again. Time management may cost you time for planning and organization but in the end it helps you gain time through efficiency and prioritization. The simple truth is that time management saves you time and stress.
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