Updated: Apr 3
“Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.” - Peter Drucker
Managing time is not just a thing you do and the rest falls in place. Managing your time means you have an end state in mind, and you are using all your available resources to get there. Having better time management means your focus also is on results, not just what you do, but that you switch from just being busy to doing things effectively.
Why is this important? Let’s start with what benefits time management can give you:
Reduced anxiety and stress
Increased credibility, reliability and trust
Improved productivity and efficiency
Start with the end in mind …
What goals are you trying to achieve? Clearly identify where you are going and what you want to get out of the activities you are doing.
How are you prioritizing the goal and your actions? Once you identify your goals and what you need to do to get there, put them in order of what needs to get done, and how long it will take and what is required.
Do you know your triggers? How self-aware are you? Know what can challenge or distract you. Find out what is your weaknesses are.
Know what gets your juices flowing. How do you stay motivated and how much juice do you have to be and stay motivated?
Figure out what your anchor is, and how you stay Focused. What will help you keep your eyes on the prize?
Have a schedule with a date and time: Keep a list of things to do so you can start looking at how you will need to prioritize to get to your goal. This list should not only have the date, it should have when you will start the activity, an idea of how long it will take you and when you are looking to finish it.
Time management is primarily based on prioritization. Make a list for the day, week, month, or even a year. It helps you align what makes sense and have a proper prioritization in place to avoid unnecessary stress.