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Time Management Tips For   A Successful Life

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The application of time management skills has tended, in the past, to be
thought of as something that is for business life only. In reality,
though, time management is something from which we can all benefit in our
personal lives as well, and in the art of marrying our working lives with
our home and social lives.

Those benefits show in a number of ways, including health, well being and
satisfaction with our lives overall. Manage your time well, and you can
feel in contro...


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The application of time management skills has tended, in the past, to be
thought of as something that is for business life only. In reality,
though, time management is something from which we can all benefit in our
personal lives as well, and in the art of marrying our working lives with
our home and social lives.

Those benefits show in a number of ways, including health, well being and
satisfaction with our lives overall. Manage your time well, and you can
feel in control of your life, rather than letting events control you.
There is no single "method" of time management, either in business or
personal life. However, there are various time management tips and
techniques, practices and theories, which it is worth knowing about.

Acquiring time management skills is something we can set about doing in a
methodical way. Really, we all practice time management whether we know
it or not. It is more a matter of whether we do it well or badly. The
following tips are for improving time management skills, building on
those that you will naturally have. Even primitive man used time
management, it was just a lot simpler in those days. Time had to be
allocated for hunting, and that time had to be used to the fullest effect
possible to survive.

Here are just a few time management tips:

1. Before learning any techniques to help you manage your time, have a
clear idea of what you are setting out to achieve. Give yourself the
opportunity to get your life in some sort of order so that you can both
enjoy it to the full and succeed to the full. If you just apply time
management to areas of your life that do not really matter to you, then
you will not be progressing at a personal level.
2. Get your priorities clear in your mind, so that they are a natural
part of you. This will need to become a habit to be very effective, and
you will need to apply prioritizing over a number of time spans. Your
long term success will probably depend on your being able to prioritize
what you need to do to achieve that success. However, to use your time
well on a particular day, you need to start the day with a clear idea of
your priorities. that also applies to the week, the month and the year.
Your priorities for the shorter period must always feed positively into
the priorities in the next longer period, and so on, so that each time
period is mapped out with priorities that lead to your ultimate success.

3. When assessing priorities, be ruthless with parts of your life that
are not contributing to your longer term goals. Removing the areas of
your life where you are wasting time, will free up more time for you to
apply to reaching your goals.

4. Always be sure to build your health and enjoyment into any plans. Time
for relaxation and exercise are critical to your long term achievements;
always make time for proper meals, and keep to a healthy but enjoyable
diet. Time management is not an exercise in being macho with your
business life; it is an opportunity to build a balanced life for yourself
and your family.

5. Once you have set your priorities for any period, write them down and
refer to them from time to time, updating them if necessary. Should you
appear to be failing, examine why, and reset and reinforce your goals and
priorities. It is too easy to slip back into bad habits that inhibit your
progress.

6. Be sure to keep a diary and use it to plan out each day, week, month.
There are all sorts of electronic gizmos, online planners, software etc
to act as aids to your time management. Personally, I think a good old
fashioned diary is just as good, if not better. About 18 months ago I
reverted to using a traditional diary to plan my working time. That
forces me to get away from the computer, even for a few minutes, and
think what my priorities are, and what I need to be reminded about.

If you can become better at time management, you will find your life more
satisfying and less stressful, as well as being able to achieve greater
things. For millions of people, life just sweeps them along in a torrent
of activity, or inactivity, over which they have little or no control.
That can be very stressful, unhealthy, inefficient, and demoralising over
the long term. There is nothing quite like controlling your own destiny
to reduce stress and aid success.

				
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