Use the following 9 tips to be more self-disciplined in the management of your time.
- Remember….Time management is 99% self-discipline. It is an act of ‘will’. It is a misnomer….we cannot manage time, we can only manage ourselves!
- Focus on your key personal issues and objectives…do you really want to achieve them? Remind yourself of the benefits of reaching them.
- Do the unpleasant tasks first, or as early as possible. In most people’s experience those things usually turn out to be less unpleasant than was anticipated, so “just swallow the frog” and do them!
- Learn to say ‘NO’; be assertive with others who seek to ‘steal’ your time. Saying no means that your plate is already full because you have said yes to enough things already.
- How open is your ‘Open Door’ – should it be as wide open? Should it only be open at certain times? Inform people when you need to block off a period of time in order to accomplish a specific project or task.
- Keep a time log of your use of time and analyze it to challenge yourself; are you really spending time on the right activities? Employ the 80/20 rule: The premise is that you get 80% of your results from 20% of your efforts. This principle seems to apply to just about every area of life.
- Avoid procrastination…..get on with it, do it now! No matter what you feel, get started. Putting things off only increases stress levels and can prevent us from meeting necessary time lines.
- Do one thing at a time. Multi-tasking is a myth, it is more efficient and productive to complete one job at a time and do it well before embarking on another task.
- Always be on time yourself; don’t waste others’ time; ensure that you have a reputation of being respectful and efficient. If you respect the time of others, they will be more respectful of yours.
Time is of the essence so make the most of your time. Do not end up feeling like this: God put me on this earth to accomplish a certain number of things…right now I am so far behind I feel I can never die!