Deprecated: mysql_connect(): The mysql extension is deprecated and will be removed in the future: use mysqli or PDO instead in /home/a26f9f83/public_html/articles/includes/config.php on line 159
Living Life In A Time Starved World > NetSparsh - Viral Content you Love & Share

Living Life In A Time Starved World

Recently I saw an advertisement for a time management booklet: "Shorter deadlines, competing priorities, endless meetings, interruptions and even higher quality expectations are just some of today's time challenges. And yet the number of hours in the day remains the same."

As entrepreneurs we all struggle sometimes with managing our time effectively. I once heard an entrepreneur say that of the people he knows, his entrepreneur friends are the worst people when it comes to managing their time and priorities. Too often we fall prey to the misguided notion that being busy is the same as making progress.

There are many areas involved in effective time management:

? your attitude

? goal setting

? setting priorities

? planning

? scheduling

? analyzing your progress

? dealing with interruptions

? meetings

? paperwork

? delegation of tasks

? taming procrastination

? time teamwork

KEY PRINCIPLES

Here are some key principles I have found to help me manage my time more effectively:

1. Good habits are the key to good time management.

The essence of good time management is creating good habits. A good habit to develop is to focus on results. Setting goals and striving to reach them must become a habit. Before your next meeting, think to yourself-what is my goal in doing this or meeting with this person? What specific results would I like to see come from my time? You must learn to place a high value on your time. There are a million things, advertisements, books, media events and people vying for it. You must distinguish between what and who is important and what or who is not. This might sound a little harsh at first, but focusing on results in developing your habits will help you focus yourself and your time.

2. Good habits start with setting goals.

There are several points to remember when setting good goals.

First is to write your goals down. Studies have shown that you are much more likely to accomplish your goals if they are committed to paper. As someone once said, "A short pencil is better than a long memory."

A second point is to break down your goals into three categories: short, intermediate and long term. I would advocate that you should have a separate list for your personal, professional and life goals. The personal goal list would cover areas like: personal relationships, use of free time, personal growth activities, reading up on a particular topic, taking continuing education classes or seminars, etc. Your professional goal list should be clearly focused on building your business, increasing revenues, cutting costs, strategic planning, marketing, employee management, creating partnerships and meeting beneficial business contacts. Your life goals would cover the broader picture of what you want to accomplish in life and what who you want to be remembered for.

3. Pursuing specific goals is the key to reaching success.

Setting good goals requires some planning and concentrated effort. Far too many entrepreneur have good intentions for their business, but lack goals that are specific enough to help them achieve success. Most entrepreneurs who fail to reach their goals do so because they fail to make specific, or S.M.A.R.T. goals.

S.M.A.R.T. goals are:

Specific. Your goal should be as detailed as possible. For example, "I will call all new prospective clients I met at the last networking event by this Wednesday at noon." "I will take a vacation at least three weeks this next year."

Measurable. Good goals allow you to quantify your efforts. "My company will increase top line sales to repeat customers by 2% this quarter by determining what their current needs are and developing a service to meet their needs before anyone else does. We will do this by surveying each of them and following up with a personalized phone call to clarify their answers."

Achievable. It is good to set your goals high, but not impossibly high. "I will meet three new venture capitalists this month and begin building a relationship with them with the purpose of seeking funding from them in the next six months." "I will re-write the three primary sections of my website by this next month to better reflect who my new targeted customer is and to help them find the solutions they are looking for more quickly on my site."

Result-oriented. In order for your goals to be SMART, they must focus on what you DO want, not what you do NOT want. For example, a goal of "I do not want to fail in my business" focuses on what you do NOT want. An example of a SMART goal is, "I will increase my passive income by 15% this year by writing a "How To" manual on "10 Steps to Small Business Forward Financial Planning" and sell it on a website for $89.99."

Time-limited. Put a specific time limit on your goals and have someone hold you accountable for reaching that goal. "I will finish researching my marketing strategy within the next six weeks and then spend two hours a day for three weeks until I finish developing my customized marketing plan."

QUESTIONS TO ASK

Every one of us has 168 hours in a week. How we spend our time and prioritize our life says a lot about how successful we will be personally and professionally. There are many things that compete for our time: finances, future plans, family, fun, friends, present goals, pressing projects and pushy people. I heard someone once say, if you don't control your time someone else will.

When thinking about how to successfully manage your time, here are a couple questions to ask yourself:

? Do I have specific things I want to accomplish each day?

? What percent of the time do I meet my daily goals?

? What specific things do I do to manage my time successfully?

? What are the priorities in my life?

? Does my schedule reflect those priorities?

? How successful do you feel in managing your time effectively?

Stephen Fairley, M.A., RCC is the President of Today's Leadership Coaching, a premier executive coaching and training firm, and a Registered Corporate Coach (RCC). Today's Leadership Coaching focuses on "Developing Leaders Who Deliver Results." You can contact him at 630-588-0500 or at [email protected]

© 2001 by Stephen Fairley. All rights reserved. Please contact author for reprints.

In The News:

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news

TeenVogue.com

Holiday Time Management Tips | Teen Vogue
TeenVogue.com
See five time management tips for balancing family and friends while you're home for the holiday break.

and more »

The Four Golden Rules of Time Management
HuffPost
Back in the days when I was a PhD student, struggling to work full time, raise three kids, run a household on top of everything, perform my duties as a student, I had an interview as part of the PhD process where I was asked; what is your biggest ...


Entrepreneur

When It Comes to Staying Focused, This Entrepreneur Only Uses One Special Time-Management Tool
Entrepreneur
Technology Is Sucking Away the Time You Need to Be a Success · Next Article · Andrea Huspeni • Entrepreneur Staff. Figuring out how to manage your time doesn't need to be a challenge, if you just figure out how to prioritize. Janett Liriano, the CEO of ...


USDA.gov (press release) (blog)

Time Management: The Key to a Food Safe Holiday
USDA.gov (press release) (blog)
The holiday season is a prized time; it's that festive season that seems to be here before you know it, and you wonder how you will find the time to do everything you need to do to celebrate properly with family and friends. The holidays are also when ...


HuffPost

Why is Time Management so IMPORTANT?
HuffPost
Calendaring for time management is not there to add stress to our lives as one more looming to-do on our never-ending to-do lists. It is, however, there as something we can use to enrich our lives. All of these different tips are really available to us ...


Management Today

How to master time management
Management Today
You've probably heard of Stephen Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, which has sold over 25 million copies worldwide, but do you have the time to read it? We're all given the same 24 hours a day, but some people just make better use of ...


WSAV-TV

The key to flying during the Thanksgiving holiday? Time ...
WSAV-TV
[anvplayer video="1592969"] POOLER, Ga. - While it may be the best time of the year, for millions of Americans, it's also the busiest. Wednesday and Sunday of Thanksgiving week are among the most crowded travel days of the year. At airports across the ...

and more »

Business 2 Community

Managing Time is Critical if You're An Entrepreneur
Business 2 Community
You run your own business and have total control over your schedule. But here's the catch: because you're the boss, managing your time actually becomes even more challenging and critical. Making sure you spend your time wisely is important in any ...


Hotel Management Magazine

It's time to fill out HM's 2018 Top Limited-Service Hotel Chains Survey
Hotel Management Magazine
HOTEL MANAGEMENT's 2018 Top Limited-Service Hotel Chains Survey is in the works. The survey will be open until Monday, Jan. 22, and results will be published in the March issue of HOTEL MANAGEMENT magazine. PLEASE NOTE: For the purposes of this survey ...


Peregrine Pharmaceuticals' (PPHM) Management on Q2 2018 Results - Earnings Call Transcript
Seeking Alpha
Good day, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the Peregrine Pharmaceuticals Second Quarter Fiscal 2018 Financial Results Conference Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. Later, we will conduct a question-and-answer session ...

and more »
Google News

Let Someone Else Do It

When you decide to become self-employed, you automatically become the... Read More

Top 10 Ways to Manage Yourself - Time Wise

"Time management" is a myth. Time ticks by, whether you... Read More

Time Management Lessons from a 3 Year Old

Zak is my three-year old godson. He is the apple... Read More

Managing Worry: Productivity Tips for High Achievers Who Worry

Are you a worrier? Do you frequently spend time and... Read More

How Do You Start Your Day

"Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces up, snow... Read More

You Cant Buy Time

Our daily lives are inundated with a crammed to-do list.... Read More

Creative Leadership; Inspirational Power ( Part 2 )

Time management is absolute crucial nowadays where business decisions have... Read More

Isn?t It Time For You?

Does it seem like there is never enough time in... Read More

Time Management Mastery

From Potential to PerformanceOne of the great things about life... Read More

Effective Time Management Techniques

TIME MANAGEMENTWith the creation of the universe, God gave humankind... Read More

Freelance Productivity: Do One Thing Extra Each Day

This may not sound like a big deal. But it's... Read More

Shifting Priorities Are The Norm

Years ago when I started in this business, it seemed... Read More

24 Time Management Tips

Where does your time go? We all know we are... Read More

Boost Your Productivity with 10 Minutes at the End of Your Day

Once you have completed your day you can boost your... Read More

Oh, My Goodness! Where Has the Time Gone?

It's 6:00 a.m. I'm awake. I'm pumped! I'm ready to... Read More

Tips to Manage Your Time

Time and money are both very important in business. Yet,... Read More

Making Headway on a Slow Day: 9 Ways to Turn Down-Time into Productivity Time

If you work from home, you know the kind of... Read More

If Only Your Brain Was the Size Of That Of an Ant You Could Easily Implement Habits

A year and a half ago I was introduced to... Read More

Will Your Epilogue Be ? I Got All My Emails Done?

Work life balance is the new Holy Grail; that search... Read More

Expand Your Time

In our time-crazed society, lots of time is what most... Read More

Avoid 7 Time and Life-Robbing Mistakes and See Your Productivity Soar

41 practical and quick ways to get on top of... Read More

What is ?Life Balance? and How Can You Attain It?

We all face decisions that involve doing things that affect... Read More

Procrastination. Id love to but...

When a good friend asked me to contribute a little... Read More

Time Management Is Key

Having a home based business can be overwhelming. When you... Read More

TIME, The Undervalued Resource

We are all born equal! We all have the same... Read More