Hundreds of books have been written on life management. The reason they are popular is that people still struggle with how to get more done- or at least something done- in a day. It may be that our expectations are growing of what we should be able to do in one day.So what is realistic?How much should one person get done in one day?Here are my thoughts on managing your personal life;Firstly, no one is a natural time manager. This is a learned skill.
Personality affects the way we approach work and life. Some people are always disorganized and running. Others are always sitting. Some don’t know when to run and when to sit…
The personality known as “melancholy” (not a negative term) is generally more details-oriented. This personality often gets pegged as the administrator. But being details-oriented does not necessarily make you a good time manager. You are just about the details. A details person, given enough responsibility, may drown in his own details. He may not know how to prioritize or delegate.
No matter what your style or personality, time management is a learned skill.Secondly, there is no best way to do this. Books, everything from “Stop setting goals”, to “Reaching and achieving your best” to ”Gettings things done”, have been written. Each has a model. I’ve tried many! They all work some of the time…yet none of them work all the time and for everybody. Each model depends almost entirely on your discipline to stay with a plan and follow it through.
Thirdly, in summing it all up I will over-simplify life management for you;
- Decide where you want to go- always keep that in mind. Call it a goal, a problem to be solved or a dream to achieve. Then move in that direction-one direction at a time.
- Determine the steps and the time needed to accomplish each step. Both are equally important.
- Start one step at a time- always remembering where you are going and why you are going there.
- Make a daily list of 7 things you must do. Determine how much time each of the 7 things will take. Then prioritize the most important and start there. If you do this last step every day you will always get the most important things done every day and you will accomplish much.
- Never fill up an entire day with plans. Just plan 80%. Allow for interruptions and delays.These 5 simple steps would make all of us much better at what we do and we’d accomplish a lot more- if we stayed with it.
In fact, even if you had no goals, dreams or ambitions and just did step 5, you would still accomplish a lot in life. The trick is to start and then keep doing it. That is where 99% of all life management fails.
START! KEEP ON!
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