Improving your time management is simply learning to “GET OVER YOUR BAD SELF”
Time is the possibly the most important element in our lives, and it is the one we are most willing to waste or let pass us by. Just like gravity, we are governed by it.
There are two ways to use the time we have. One is to spend it, the other is to invest it.
Many people spend their days in a frenzy of activity, but achieve very little because they are not concentrating on the right things. It’s this lack of focus that keeps us from achieving the results we desire.
Often times we take on others responsibilities, distracting us from what we are called to do
Realize most issues with time management are due to learned behavior, bad habits and inherent traits. We learn at an early age how to be easily distracted, become bored quickly and to require constant entertainment.
The real enemy is for many of us is procrastination. Here are the top ten reasons why people procrastinate:
3) Feeling Overwhelmed
4) Lack of Commitment
5) Low Self-esteem
6) Low Priority
9) Undervalued rewards
10) You just don’t want to (selfishness)
At the heart of correcting time management issues is an important shift in focus. You have to learn to concentrate on results, not just being busy!
How do we learn to focus? We have to train our mind. Just as we are taught to guard the tongue, we must also learn to guard our thoughts. Only we have the power here.
Many people feel they cannot train or tame the mind. What’s interesting it’s these same people who don’t realize how often their mind multi-tasks. For example, think of all the activities you do while driving: tuning the radio, planning your day, talking on the phone, enjoying the scenery, looking for a parking space – and driving the car, too! We shift our minds back and forth, across tracks if you will, when the need is relevant. By controlling different tracks, you can exponentially increase your ability to focus.
We are what we think. Our ideas dictate reality. We need to learn sort out our ideas. Distinguish which are true and which are false; which make sense and which are foolish. Then clear your mind; filter out the “garbage” so it doesn’t get mixed in. You have to get clarity to know what you know. Write it all down and sort it out.
Get a hold of crippling negative emotions and block them out. Imagine a surgeon who had an argument with his wife this morning. He’s aggravated, and now he’s going to operate. How can he possibly concentrate? He’s a trained professional. He’ll block it out. Be ruthless in your focus. It’s not always bad to be ruthless. If the surgeon doesn’t ruthlessly focus, he’ll endanger the patient.
The goal, of course, is not to be devoid of emotions, but to control them and apply them appropriately.
People driven by purpose/inspiration will accomplish more than those who are not. Why? Because they are driven by passion and inspiration, not desire. Passion is straight-line. Desire is round-about. Passion has staying power while desire is fleeting.
Success depends largely on the intensity of your ambition
Once we learn to focus, we still have to overcome the temptation to procrastinate.
So if the answer could be to learn to focus on accomplishment, what are the four stages of accomplishment?
DISCOVERY STAGE – Discovered It
CONTEMPLATIVE STAGE – Thinking About It
PROCESS STAGE – Scheduled It, write it down
IMPLEMENTATION STAGE – Getting Round TUI
Good luck in getting Round TUIT.
Written by B2H Board Member,
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