Mastering Your Time Use Habits: The Key to Self-Management
Everyone faces the daily dilemma of too much to do and not enough time to do it. Most of us have discovered that time is limited and cannot be replaced. How many times have you said to yourself or heard others say, “I don’t have enough time.”? The good news is that you no longer must wait hoping that one day you will get more than your daily allotment of 1440 minutes. There is always only going to be 168 hours each week.
It’s About Self-Management
We really cannot manage time. However, we can manage ourselves in how we use time. We must get ourselves under control or forever be the victim of overwhelm and frustration. Consider beginning by taking control of your mindset and your language about time. Immediately eliminate words like being slammed, stuck, or out of control. Self-management really becomes self-discipline and the willingness to be accountable for what we do or do not get done each day.
Habits Are the Key
Unless we consciously form good habits, we will unconsciously form bad ones. Good results are only possible with good habits. Habits determine our destiny. To achieve a positive destiny, exercise the discipline to develop positive habits. Start today to become aware of your habit patterns—what you tend to consistently do without being aware.
Know Your Time
Peter Drucker literally wrote the book on effectiveness and knowledge workers. He warned that most discussions of a knowledge worker’s tasks start by advising them to plan their work. However, he believed that approach rarely works because plans are only intentions and always remain on paper.
Drucker taught that effective knowledge workers do not start with their tasks. Instead, they start by finding out where their time is going; how they are using their time.
Time Use Can Improve with Practice
Begin now by keeping a simple time log for a minimum of 14 days. Then, eliminate any unproductive use of your time. Establish the practice of eliminating time-wasters by routinely asking yourself the following three diagnostic questions:
1. Of all the tasks you are recording in your time log, how many are not producing significant results and what would happen if they were not done at all?
2. Which of the activities on your time log could be done by somebody else just as well, if not better?
3. Systematically, ask others, “What do I do that wastes your time without contributing to your effectiveness?” This can become a double win since it is consuming their time and yours.
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