Learning to manage time is to learn how to manage life. Spend more time planning. Failing to plan is planning to fail. Make a daily list of what needs to be done, preferably the day before, and prioritize it. Do what is important first. Tackle the big task first thing in the morning.
1. The value of time. Time is not equal money; time is immensely more valuable than money. Time is by far our most valuable resource. We can make money, we cannot make time. Take full control of your time because if you don’t others will gladly do it for you. Money is a reflection of how well we invest our time.
2. Planning. As mentioned above, failing to plan is planning to fail. Focus is what brings the rewards home. When we don’t plan we take the risk of letting what matters least take priority over what matters most. Time invested in planning brings the greatest dividends.
3. The daily list. A daily list is a powerful tool to get the right things done. Accomplishing the written items on the list leads to accomplishing our goals. Think before you ink!
4. Prioritizing. Never sacrifice the important for the urgent. Keep doing the important and eventually most of the urgent will go away. Learn to live by your priorities and not your obligations. It is so easy to fill our lives with obligations, don’t fall for it. Learn to say NO to the unimportant so you can focus on accomplishing the things that leads to your goals and dreams.
5. Mind the calendar. Write the actions and tasks on a calendar. Things not written are usually forgotten. If it is not written, it does not exist. Be the one in ten that uses a calendar so you can effectively invest your time.
6. Eye on the prize. Keep your eyes on the target. When we lose sight of our target we lose control of our time. Distraction is the enemy of greatness. Keep score by crossing the items done; it will give you the motivation and energy to get more things done.
7. Just do it. Tackle the most important item on the list first thing in the morning. As Brian Tracy says, Eat That Frog. Get in motion. Break down bigger tasks into smaller one and get moving forward.
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We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.
Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)
Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy