Be an Excellent Time Manager Through Personal Time Management
The way you use your time largely determines everything that happens to you in life. All really successful people know that in order to achieve their goals they must be an excellent time manager. Your job is to become one of these high achieving men and women through personal time management.
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Perhaps the greatest single problem that people have today is “time poverty.” Working people have too much to do and too little time for their personal lives. Most people feel overwhelmed with responsibilities and activities, and the harder they work, the further behind they feel. This sense of being on a never-ending treadmill leads a person to fall into the reactive/responsive mode of living. Instead of clearly deciding what you want to do, you continually react to what is happening around you. Pretty soon you lose all sense of control. You feel that your life is running you, rather than you running your life.
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Successful people know that personal time management begins with you. It begins with your thinking through what is really important to you in life. What are your values? What do you stand for? What do you care about, or not care about? What would you sacrifice for? Pay for? Not pay for? These are the most important questions you ask when you set yourself the task of getting your personal time management in order. When you become an excellent time manager you will find which tasks are most important to you.
Successful People Decide What is Important
Once you have decided what is important to you, you must then decide upon your goals, both large and small, both short-term and long-term. As an exercise, imagine that you have no limitations at all. Imagine that you have all the time, money, contacts, influence, intelligence and opportunities in the world to be have and do anything you could possibly want. Dream a little. Dream big dreams whenever possible. All peak performing men and women allow themselves to dream before they sit down to the hard business of determining what they can and will do with their current resources.
If you are married, you and your spouse should sit down and write a dream list. This is a list of everything that you could want to do or have or be with your family. Design your ideal lifestyle. How would you organize your time from dawn to dusk, if you were completely free to choose? What great things would you dare to dream if you knew you could not fail? If you won a million dollars cash, tax free, in the lottery tomorrow, how would you change your life? For the purpose of this exercise, with yourself or with your spouse, just decide what you really, really want and write it down.
Once you have allowed yourself to dream, the next step is to begin setting goals. Personal time management only makes sense if you organize it around specific things that you want to accomplish.
Become an Excellent Time Manager: Identify Your Goals
Successful people know that you need goals in three major areas of your life. First, you need family and personal goals. These are the reasons why you do the things you do. These are the reasons why you get up in the morning and go to work. These are the reasons why you work hard and upgrade your skills. These are the reasons why you worry about money and sometimes feel frustrated by the demands on your time.
The second types of goals are your business and career goals. These are the “how” goals, the means by which you achieve your personal goals or your reasons why. What do you have to do and be in your career in order to achieve the level of income that will enable you to fulfill your family goals and objectives? How will you achieve it? What do you need to do more of? What skills and abilities do you need to develop to stay ahead of the curve in your career? Business and career goals are absolutely essential, especially if they are balanced with family and personal goals.
The third type of goals are your personal development goals. Remember, you can’t achieve very much more on the outside than you have first achieved on the inside. Your outer life will be a reflection of your inner life. If you wish to achieve worthwhile things in your personal and your career life, you must become a worthwhile person in your own self development. You must continue to read, listen to audio tapes and attend courses. You must build yourself if you want to build your life. Perhaps the greatest secret of success is that you can become anything you really want to become to achieve any goal that you really want to achieve. But in order to do it, you must go to work on yourself and never stop.
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About Brian Tracy — Brian is recognized as the top sales training and personal success authority in the world today. He has authored more than 60 books and has produced more than 500 audio and video learning programs on sales, management, business success and personal development, including worldwide bestseller The Psychology of Achievement. Brian's goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined. You can follow him on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Linkedin and Youtube.