“Time is money!”
Very often these two things are main barriers to achieving your goals. It is interesting but if you learn how to manage your time, you will immediately improve in money making ability. Generally, money is a very interesting topic, let’s try to speculate on it.
Have you ever seen barking dog that runs after the car. And what dog will do if it catches up?
Sometimes in my life I also chased myself for something, like that dog. But until I had a decent goal, I had barriers with time and money.
Today I want to introduce you one of the best articles on this topic by Klaus Hilgers.
Good luck to you and more free time for your favorite things!
HOW TO MAKE YOUR LIFE BETTER
Klaus Hilgers (Klaus Hilgers) has more than 20 years of experience as a management consultant. He is the president of Epoch Consultants, which is located in the United States. Mr. Hilgers uses effective time management programs to help managers learn how to deal with overload at work and manage their time and stress level.
Unfinished businesses …. are dangerous to your health!
In the hustle and bustle of everyday work, under the pressure of urgent business, we are accustomed to unconsciously shifting responsibility for our lives to various circumstances-economic, personal, or any other, but this approach completely leaves us no time for creativity.
Successful management of all life aspects: family, career, finances, recreation, physical and spiritual aspects, is the key to a successful, productive life.
If you want to reduce the stress caused by a lot of problems that require immediate solution, then the first thing you need to do is to look at the lifestyle you lead or to what way of life you were “led.” Many of us, trust this management of circumstances, rather than managing our own lives.
In order to understand how you can uncover the natural ability to control your life, it is necessary to answer these questions: “What do I do all this for?”, “What is my company’s plan?”, “What is the plan for my position?”, “What is the plan for my relationship with ______(name)?”. Your answer may be: “be a successful artist, musician, engineer, salesman, etc.”.
Answer the test questions to analyze your lifestyle:
1. Are your pockets stuffed with paper, on which you write down notes, what needs to be done?
2. Is it hard for you to focus on doing work, because you are thinking about other things that need to be done?
3. Do you lag behind the schedule, trying to improve?
4. Have you started a lot of new projects, but do not finish them?
5. When you do something, you are constantly distracted, and it affects on speed of your work?
6. Do you often remember that you did not do something important at the moment when it’s too late?
7. Do you come home with the feeling that you did not have time to do anything at work, feel very tired and the only thing you can do is watching TV?
8. Do you think that you can not allocate time for physical exercises, rest or even for simple entertainment?
If you answered “YES” to at least one question, it means that you do not control your life well. The question is … Who is controlling your life? Do you control your time, or do circumstances dictate to you the daily routine?
Right now you might think, “I do not have time to plan. I am so busy that I manage and settle various situations in my life that I simply do not have time for planning. I did not even write a goal for the current year, but now it’s March. I know that I need to write them, but it seems to me that this will never happen. “
Why does this situation arise? A serious problem – not to finish what was started. A lot of people, rather than finishing business, tend to accumulate unfinished cycles, known as “unfinished business and unfinished business.” And this creates stress.
Task completion, in fact, is different from the fact that you just stop working on it. When something is completed, it exists there are no missing parts in it.
When the task is completed, you can “throw it out of your head”. You feel satisfied. You are ready to proceed to the next case, you are ready to create. You feel good!
Many of us surround themselves with “unfinished business” instead of “finished work”. “I do not care that there’s a mistake here, I will not alter it,” or “I’ll redirect this job somewhere else … what’s the difference.” In fact, in such emotions, there is nothing surprising: work completion is the most difficult thing. The last percent of work is usually more difficult than ninety-nine previous. We resist the fact that we need to finish the business and allow it remain unfinished. Unfulfilled tasks become our old friends … old, kind … “deadly” friends.
Perhaps, now you will think: “But I do not have the time to finish things completely!”. Well, let’s look at some of the consequences of the work that has not been completed.
UNFINISHED WORK HAS NEGATIVE EFFECT ON:
- Your time
- Your attention
- Your energy
- Your health
See what happens if you complete only ninety percent of the work, or just leave something incomplete:
1. The next morning, this work appears again on your desk to make corrections or additions, so in fact you have to do it twice.
2. The number of marriages increases in industry.
3. Even if you have nothing to complain about, you do not feel satisfaction from this work.
4. Because the memory is cluttered with a lot of incomplete things that you need to remember about, you can not concentrate on the current work.
5. You do not have enough energy.
6. It’s hard for you to concentrate.
7. You feel that you waste a lot of time.
8. You feel tired and irritable.
9. You perceive any situation as a source of additional stress.
10. It becomes more difficult to manage it, because you are in a state of constant stress (this is accompanied by various physical manifestations: poor digestion, headaches, nervousness, etc.).
Incomplete cases include:
1. Unfinished work.
2. Written and oral communication, not properly settled.
That sounds bad enough, isn’t it? Can you really afford not to finish the business, provided that when you complete the work you get:
2. More energy.
3. Increase the speed of work (The more you do, the more you can do! Everything accelerates!).
4. The ability to create, start a new one.
Completion is always the beginning of something new. Completion releases energy and attention, which significantly changes how you perceive yourself and your life.
“How can I begin?”, – you are surprised, “I am mired in problems!”, “I can not do everything at once!”.
It’s true, but you do not need to do it all at once. There are several principles of time management.
Do it at once.
One of the best ways to cut your work in half is not to do it twice.
Have you ever taken up a document, looked at it and put it aside, and then, later, returned to it again? This is double work.
- Make a list of unfinished business, determine the completion dates and complete them.
- Organize your work: find a place for your things and always bring them back into place.
- Use such a document storage system so that you can easily find what you need.
- Use electronic calendars and track the execution of tasks on them.
Then formulate goals for yourself in different directions and plan the steps to achieve these goals. Formulate objectives in relation to:
- Improvements in physical condition
- Improved nutrition
- Management under stress
- Relationships with other people
When you compose weekly and daily plans in accordance with your priority goals, when you achieve these goals, you will experience satisfaction; It will be your reward and your motivation to complete the following tasks. Set goals for yourself – for a year, for a month, for a week, for a day, and also for any long-term goals. Arrange them according to their priorities, plan the steps that will lead to the achievement of these goals and then follow each step. When drafting a plan, be sure to take time to resolve unforeseen circumstances.
The next step to better manage your time (it’s the biggest and most important one) is to do everything that you do carefully and until it is complete until you are completely satisfied with what has been done.
Use a personal time management system, which can be on your computer. The system should include sections for planning purposes, for drawing up a plan for the week and for the day, calendar of affairs for the month, a section of finance, a section for notes, projects, addresses, etc.
To help you better manage your time, I want to formulate all of above again in following recommendations form :
1. Formulate your goals and prioritize them.
2. Make a plan for the week regularly.
3. Perform tasks in accordance with priorities.
4. Ask yourself the question: “How can I at the moment use my time in the best way?” And do just that.
5. “If you do not need something, get rid of it.” Studies show that eighty percent of papers placed in folders are never viewed again. Therefore, if you throw them away, nothing bad will happen.
6. Write down what you need to do, do not keep it in your head. You will feel better.
7. It is absolutely normal, if you ask colleagues, to write to you requests or assignments by e-mail. In this case, you will not forget to do them.
8. Organize a good information storage system.
9. Do the work completely.
10. Do the work “now”.
Start to manage your life using the principles that we discussed in this article, and you will see how your life will become more productive, more rational and will bring you much more pleasure. Get started now!