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How can we manage our time more effectively?

Article by Mary-Jane Kingsland

How often do we comment on how times flies, not enough hours in the day and even does time go faster as we get older?

Mary-Jane Kingsland gives us her tips for managing our time more effectively.

One of the biggest barriers to productively and profit is poor time management.

Here are some ideas to improve yours.

The Problem

Are you drowning under too much pressure because of the never ending barrage of demands upon your time; be it phone calls; emails, texts, social media and the plethora of daily activity which demand your attention? Do you know only too well what you want to achieve, but simply run out of time most days?

The Answer is in your hands

All cures begin with an accurate diagnosis, or as Albert Einstein observed: ‘Few problems can be solved by the kind of thinking that created them in the first place’. Or to put it another way:

Keep doing the same thing as you have always done and you can expect the same results’

Too often our attempts at time management are akin to re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic. Think about it.

The value of writing a daily to do list

Make a list

The value of writing a daily ‘To Do; list is that you move the tasks from your unconscious mind to your conscious mind and this will help you to concentrate upon what you have to do, but …..

Once you have written your list, always take a moment to review it. If your list appears endless, you will feel demoralised and a less likely to make good headway. If you have more than 4-5 items on it, ask yourself if you are likely to have time for everything today? Less important things may have to go on the back burner until you are ready to give them your attention – there is always a natural order to things; exercise your ‘choice muscle’ and develop a more flexible approach, and

Remember that most of your have to do’s are self imposed. Very few things in life are truly “musts”. To make a list work you have to prioritise. Always remember the luxury of choice and use it to write a list that is achievable today. Tomorrow you can kick start the process with another achievable list and as the days unfold you can enjoy the experience of achievement.

Most importantly :

Plan your time

There is an old saying: “when you find yourself in a hole, the least you can do is stop digging!” Abraham Lincoln said – “If I had 8 hours to chop down a tree, I would spend the first 7 hours sharpening my axe.” Never has there been a better metaphor for planning.

And finally

High achievers make achieving their goals a lifestyle choice. They create a way of working that is built around their most important values and their true beliefs. They live the life they truly want because they have flexed their choice muscle daily. High achievers don’t waste their precious time promising that someday they will write a book or take a vacation. They plan and take the necessary actions to effectively create the life that reflects their greatest desires and they do it TODAY, tomorrow and everyday thereafter.

We are all blessed with 1440 minutes every single day of our lives. February has 41,760 minutes. Grasp the nettle today and experience the benefits.

Mary-Jane Kingsland, M.A., M.A.C. FRSA, is an Advanced Emotional Intelligence Practitioner in Norfolk.

Contact mj@maryjanekingsland.co.uk

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  1. Jo Carroll

    September 11, 2012

    Yes, we can do time-management things. Or we can simply begin to care less when we get it wrong. Every moment is precious in its own way, even if we are staring out of the window when we should be washing up!

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