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As a Life Coach, I have come to realize that to effectively manage time, we need to first realize that time itself cannot be managed! We all get seven days a week and 168 hours within those seven days. This cannot be increased or changed in any way. However, what we can change, improve and manage is ourselves. In essence, then, true time management now becomes management of ourselves – “self-management!”
So being aware of this, we now know that it's not the amount of time we have that's important; it’s how effectively we use that time that makes the difference. Successful people have exactly the same amount of time in the day as each of us. The only difference is they use their time differently – more effectively.
To sum time management up I would say you need to ask yourself two questions:
1. Do I physically have enough time to do the tasks that are required of me? We only have so much time. Sometimes it’s not always physically possible to fit everything in. If this is the case then you need to prioritize and drop some of the low priority task/activities to claim some time back.
2. Do I fully optimize and use my time effectively? If the answer is NO then you might want to learn and implement some time management principles and techniques.
Self Management Techniques
Below is a list of some time management (self-management) techniques and tips that I use during life coaching. You may find a couple of them helpful yourself. They are in no particular order.
Using free time management software you can schedule important events, manage key projects, and alert yourself through reminder messages when deadlines are coming up for completing tasks. It is a good idea to use some type of tool or process for managing time, and using free time management software can be an easy and convenient way to balance your priorities.
Well there you have it, some of my favorite and most successful tips or techniques for “time,” or should I say “self” management. Comment and let us know if you have any others.