Managing time is the single most important thing you can do to take better control of your life. But how do you do it?
Many positive-thinking gurus of the past and the present (Nightingale, Tracy, Ferris) and others have tried to pinpoint just what makes excellent time management.
How you manage your time depends on what you want to accomplish.
Brian Tracy stated that you should use 60% of your time in highly productive tasks. These highly productive tasks are supposed to be focused on achieving the most exceptional result. These results should always be directly related to your goal. So it’s important to set a goal that you wish to reach before figuring out how to make the best use of your time.
I’ve provided an example of time management and a goal that should be used to guide your tasks so that you are on task.
Goal: To Finish a School Project by the End of the Month
- Day 1: Gather the materials needed to complete the project way ahead of the deadline.
- Day 2: Read the instructions on the school project carefully so that you understand the requirements.
- Day 3: Decide how you will present it, what platform, format, and style and create the content that will be included in the project. For example, if you have to prepare a PowerPoint for the project, you will want to create this in plenty of time to go over it, rehearse it, and add to it later to make it better.
- Day 4: Look at example projects made by others for extra inspiration.
- Day 5: Think about how to go from “good” to “great” and try to say something profound within the project that will astound your audience.
Remember, if you want to do something great and be better at it than anyone else, you need to think about how to make it unique and valuable to the people who will be listening to or exploring your project when it is completed.
This is an excellent example of how to manage your time that helps you to complete your project within the timeframe you have while including focused time on the important aspects of your project.
It’s interesting to note that a famous billionaire recently said, “You need 1 hour and 30 minutes of focused time to achieve productivity.” Of course, you can get smaller tasks done in less time, but this amount of time will increase your level of results if you do this a few times per day on important tasks.
You can expand this to create a hour-by-hour schedule of your day, as well and you should. Just like every dollar needs a job in your personal finance budget, every hour needs a task, even if that task is “Take a 15 minute rest.” Staying productive will lead to huge success if you stay focused on your goals. (Forbes)