Growing both personally and professionally requires time management accountability. You need to change your life from one where you just allow things to overwhelm your day, to taking control and proactively identifying the things that you want.
The question is: Are you all in?
There are only so many hours in a day. You can’t control time. Nevertheless, you can manage time, so you start finding systems, making lists, and using tools. But what about managing yourself? You can’t manage time, but you can manage yourself.
Have you been committed to reaching your dreams and managing yourself in a way that proves you are all in? Every time you tell yourself you have too much to do and there is too little time – you are giving yourself permission to fail. Blaming circumstances beyond your control is giving into becoming a victim.
There will always be a lot to do, and there will always only be 24 hours in a day. During that time, there will also always need to be down time. It’s time to stop being a victim of time, and simply start committing to yourself and your success.
Time to Commit to You
Priorities are simply those top few tasks that require your attention next. Have you ever found that you simply have so many priorities in your life that it is impossible to get everything done? Too many priorities mean you have none. You have to make real priorities and stick to them.
If your to-do lists seem to always exceed the number of hours in a day, and you convince yourself that you can somehow be faster or more focused – then you have too many priorities.
In reality, you need to challenge anything that isn’t up to your standards. You also have to begin to say no. Every time you have an assignment handed to you that doesn’t align with your priorities you need to challenge it. Delegate the task to someone if it’s something you do not need to take care of yourself. You will begin to see your old priorities get checked off the list as you commit wholeheartedly to your success.
By using S.M.A.R.T. Goals, you can break down what is most important to you.
Schedule time on your calendar to tackle the 2 or 3 items that should be on your priority list at one time. Stop wasting your precious time and energy on managing and prioritizing everything and juggling all the things that may fall through the cracks by the end of the week.
As long as you think you have to finish everything, you will be ineffective. And as long as you remain in denial, the longer you will avoid committing wholeheartedly to proper time management. It’s time for success – it’s time to invest in You!