You cant be all things to all people control your time. Something has to give. Make time for the most important commitments and take time to figure out what these are. Time management is a systematic approach to the time of your life applied consistently. The basis of time management is the ability to control events. A study was done some years ago that revealed symphony conductors live the longest of any professionals. Looking into this longevity, researchers concluded that in no other occupation do people have such complete control over existing events.
In his book, Time Power, Dr. Charles Hobbes suggests that there are five categories of events:
- Events you think you cannot control, and you cant.
- Events you think you cannot control, but you can.
- Events you think you can control, but you cant.
- Events you think you can control, but you dont.
- Events you think you can control, and you can.
There are two major issues about control:
- Each of us is really in control and in charge of more events than we generally like to acknowledge.
- Some things are uncontrollable. Trying to control uncontrollables is a key cause of stress and unhappiness.
With the competing demands that exist for your time, you probably feel as if much of your day is not in your control. Feeling not in control is the enemy of time management. Feeling not in control is one of the major causes of stress in our daily lives, too.
Make time decisions based on analysis. Take a look at how you currently divide your time. Do you get the little, unimportant things completed first because they are easy and their completion makes you feel good? Or, do you focus your efforts on the things that will really make a difference for your organization and your life. Events and activities fall into one of four categories. You need to spend the majority of your time on items that fall in the last two categories.
- Not Urgent and Not Important
- Urgent but Not Important
- Not Urgent but Important
- Urgent and Important
Manage procrastination. If you are like most people, you procrastinate for three reasons.
- You dont know how to do the task,
- You dont like to do the task, or
- You feel indecisive about how to approach the task.
Deal with procrastination by breaking the large project into as many small, manageable, instant tasks as possible. Make a written list of every task. List the small tasks on your daily, prioritized To Do List. Reward yourself upon completion. If you do procrastinate, youll find that the task gets bigger and bigger and more insurmountable in your own mind. Just start.
These tips for managing stress and change will help you change your actions and your outlook. Best wishes as you implement these ideas. Live a great life.