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Time Management & Achieving Goals

Increasing Time Management Skills for Achieving Goals

Effective goal setting begins and ends with time management. You must be able to balance your time in the best way possible in order to achieve your goals. Most of us fail to achieve goals because we “lack the time”. That is why this section on time management is needed in this guide.

The concept of time management has been in existence for more than 100 year believe it or not. Unfortunately the term "Time management" creates a false impression of what a person is able to do.

Time can't be managed, time is uncontrollable and we can only manage ourselves and our use of time. That is all that can be done. Time management is actually self management.

For effective time management we need the ability to plan, delegate, organize, direct and control every aspect of our lives just to find 30 minutes a day that is devoted to something productive that is just for us.

There are common time wasters which need to be identified

In order for a time management process to work it is important to know what aspects of our personal management need to be improved. Otherwise what is the point in trying?

Below you will find some of the most frequent reasons for reducing effectiveness in and around our lives. You might want to check the ones which are causing to be the major obstacles to your own time management. These are referred to as your time stealers.

Identifying your time stealers

• Interruptions for example the telephone or TV (these are also distractions)

• Interruptions, for example, guests

• Meetings

• Tasks you should have had someone else do for you

• Procrastination and indecision

• Acting without total information

• Dealing with other people’s issues or problems

• Some sort of personal crisis, for example, family member is sick or injured

• Unclear communication

• Inadequate knowledge

• Unclear objectives and priorities

• Lack of planning

• Stress, anxiety and fatigue

• Inability to say "No" to anybody with a request

• Personal disorganization


Fortunately there are strategies you can use to manage your time in a better way and be more in control and reduce stress, but you can analyze your time and see how you may be both the cause and the solution to your time management challenges.



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