I work with so many clients that feel overwhelmed. Running a small business can do that to you. There is a tendancy to believe that if they just had more time, or if they managed their time better, that they would not be as overwhelmed.
The fact is that it’s a lack of clarity on what is most important that’s missing. When you don’t have clarity, you will feel overwhelmed and indecisive, and will lack focus as you try to accomplish your goals.
If you want to make good use of your time, you’ve got to know what’s most important and then give it all you’ve got. ~ Lee Iacocca
So the key to losing the sense of overwhelm is determining what is most important to you, and this itself takes an investment of your time. Again, the feeling of overwhelm and fatigue hits the hardest when we are taking actions incongruent with our deepest values and beliefs.
So how can you determine what is most important?
Make time to determine what’s important. And ask yourself this question: Are you planning and choosing activities and projects that will lead you to your overall goals?
As we begin our look at time management, it only makes sense to start with the end in mind. Why is that important? Simply put – if you do not have a clear vision or goals in life or in business – then time management really becomes pointless.
5 Effective Time Management Tips:
- Write Down Goals
- Make Your Goals Measureable
- Set a Deadline
- Make a List
- Develope an Action Plan
Decide exactly what you want. Be specific and write it down on paper. The very act of writing down a goal significantly increases the likelihood that you will achieve it.
Make your goals measurable. Your goals should have clear metrics for their achievement. For example, a goal to “become the #1 salesperson” is a nice goal, but how do you measureit? To make this goal measurable, it could be restated in the following way, “I will achieve $1,000,000 in gross sales revenue, helping me reach the top sales position in the company.”
Set a deadline for your goals. This will help you overcome the human tendency to procrastinate and will exert some pressure for you to stay on task.
Make a list. Write down everything you must do to achieve each goal, including any activities, strategies, decisions, milestones, etc.
Finally, develop an action plan from the list of activities and immediately take action on your plan. Resolve to do something every day to get you closer to your goals. Clearly written goals will have a powerful effect on your thinking and will motivate you into action.
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