If you want to properly manage your time then you must have organized daily tasks to help you pursue and achieve your most important goals. Managing your time is only useful if it helps you achieve your goals in which you find important and exciting. You may know what is important to you, but if your goals don’t ever seem to come into focus then even the best time management methods are not going to help you achieve them. Without a distinct and clear picture of what you truly want, your efforts in managing your time will only bring you results that you don’t much care about, and worse can lead to frustration and discouragement making you abandon the whole process.
If you are going to make your time management a success then if has to be preceded by setting goals. In these simple steps you can turn your vague idea into a very clearly defined goal that you will enjoy planning your day and life around.
Here are the simple steps:
1. Decide what you really want – If you are not sure what you want, most likely you are not going to achieve it no matter how you plan out your day. But, once you clearly visualize an exciting goal, time management becomes more than just a method to follow it becomes a great tool that will get you what you want.
2. Write down your goal – We have millions of thoughts that zoom through our heads each day. Unless you work at making your goal stand out from all those other thoughts you will have a very hard time focusing. When you write down your goal it becomes important and makes it come front and center in your thought process.
3. Have a deadline – Writing down the goal brought it into the light, having a deadline will bring it into time. When a goal has no deadline it can be very hard to measure and makes it so easy to procrastinate. Believe it or not, having a deadline makes the whole process easier. When the deadline comes you either met your goal or you didn’t, it is that simple.
4. Write down everything – You need to write down everything that you will need to complete your goal. Visualize your goal as completed, working backwards to the beginning. Write down all the steps it took you to get there. You will find as you write that new tasks will pop up; keep writing until you have all the tasks need to compete the goal.
5. Organize your list into a game plan – Take the list you just made and put each individual task into sequence. Now prioritize each task to find the ones that can be done right away and the ones that have to wait until later. This will give you an immediate plan of action.
6. Take immediate action – No matter how great the plan is, until you take action your goal will never be realized. Take the easiest thing on your list of tasks and do it right now.
7. Work every day – Do something each day that will bring you closer to completing your goal. When you are purposeful of achieving your goal you will see that your daily routine will change and be more centered around completing this goal. You will see that the more you focus on your goal, the more it will take on a life of its own.