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Manage Your Time – Rich’s Rules for Achievement # 5

August 18, 2015

Rich's Rules TitlecardYou Only Have So Much – Manage Your Time

A song from the group Rufus in 1974 included the lines, “‘Got no time’ is what you’re known to say.  I’ll make you wish there was 48 hours to each day.”   Forty years later and, now more than ever, people are wishing they had 48 hours each day.   There are so many more choices you can make and so much more you can do in this high- tech information age that it’s easy to run out of time on any given day.

Goal and task-oriented types gravitate towards the principles of time management because they are always looking for ways to accomplish more goals in less time.  In the world of accomplishment, time and money are equally valuable.

People and relationship types often seek to learn time management principles once they find themselves in a position of greater authority with greater demands, or needing to “buckle down” to learn a skill, develop a talent or get an education.  Although time management thinking doesn’t come as easily to people types, many have learned and excelled at setting goals, managing time and accomplishing projects with deadlines.

Whether it’s an interest that makes sense, or one that requires great effort according to your personality, managing time supports your efforts to achieve goals and turn dreams into reality.

For this reason, Manage Your Time is Rich’s Rule of Achievement # 5.

Points to Consider

Goals are the major players in the game of achievement

Setting goals is primary to achievement.  Know what you want, develop a plan, take aim and go for it!  Some people are naturally goal-oriented, and others can learn to develop the goal-setting habit.  Some people have inspired goals – those that come from the heart through intuition.  Others have contrived goals, those that come from the head through intelligence.  Either way, having a goal is the first step of achievement.

Setting priorities supports your pursuit of goals

To support your goals and enable success, prioritizing is a critical skill.  It’s not always easy to know which things have prominence over others when it comes to taking action.   If you are a person with lots of “balls in the air” or “irons in the fire” knowing which things have importance over others – in any given moment – requires a certain acquired ability to assign urgency and importance to each challenge or objective that comes your way.  It’s also important to assign less urgency and less importance to others things.  Two sides, one story – getting results.

Scheduling time and neatness habits are supporting – but still important – players

You are more likely to get together with an acquaintance or show up for a meeting if you put it on your calendar.  Busy people can’t always remember where they need to be or when or find ways to squeeze in family or friends, unless they schedule the activity.  Once scheduled on your calendar, with an advanced reminder cued up, you are on your way to getting more done in a timely manner and keeping your commitments to others.  In addition, having a neatly organized workplace – whether it’s a corner office, cubicle, shop or the front seat of your van – will not only help you be more productive, it will also lead others to perceive you as being more effective. And, others’perception of you often influences trust when it comes to doing business with you or giving you an important assignment.

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