Have you ever noticed some people are able to stay organized while getting a massive quantity of work accomplished, while others appear to be busy but never actually produce results? Time management is the key to becoming a successful entrepreneur.
My son has issues managing his time to complete his homework. Like many boys his age, he doesn’t like to read too much. SportsCenter or some other TV show would be much more interesting. So my wife and I are always asking, “do you have homework?”
Now I hope you don’t need your mom calling you to see if your work is done, but you probably have your own means to organizing your time. Each of us finds a way to keep track of what needs to be completed. We will review a few ways to keep control and maybe share something new for you.
What way to you currently manage your time?
Are you a list person?
Do you have everything on your smartphone?
First, we want to review some of the basic means of managing tasks and goals. Then we can move onto the once ubiquitous personal organizers. Finally, we will touch on the overall values clarification systems that help us determine our values and dreams.
The first time you get exasperated and try to get a hold of your things you need to do you create a task list or to-do list. This list can grow and grow with many unnecessary or unimportant items. We need to ask “does this really need to be done?” and “does this need to be done now?”.
I worked for Iowa Foundation for Medical Care many years ago. They had every employee take a Franklin Covey planning course and gave us a binder. We were instructed to use their system to plan what we need to do and when it needed to be done.
Many of us embraced this system for awhile. Like new years resolutions, we quickly abandoned them. Working in technology many of my co-workers wanted a more technology-based solution. This was prior to smartphones and our mail client did not work the way the course suggested. A few stalwarts used the system but the majority fell back to their typical system.
The third type of time management system asks a few more questions. What do we value in life? What goals do we have? What steps do we need to take? In the busyness of modern life, few people take the time to contemplate what they are really trying to do.
It can be easier to follow the herd and do what everyone else is doing. Taking some time to look inward and plan a life that is true to ourselves is more challenging but also more rewarding. We set the values then align our goals with the proper tasks.