I know this is going to sound a little confusing at first, but investing time to learn a new time management system, will not help you to improve the results you are enjoying at all. Unless you are certain that you are taking the right actions daily to achieve the results you want, all that this new skill will do, is make you more efficient at doing the wrong things.
Understanding the Difference between Effectiveness and Efficiency
Effectiveness – Knowing with absolute certainty the right activities necessary to prioritise and carry out daily, to achieve your goals or dreams.
Efficiency – A system to help you leverage the maximum amount of activity from your available time, so that you can efficiently perform as many of the right activities as possible each day.
Action Idea: The way to bring about meaningful positive change in your life or business requires you to first define with crystal clarity, exactly what you want to achieve. Once you have done this, you then break your vision for the future back into believable and achievable goals, then into smaller bite size chunks or manageable projects and finally into individual, meaningful actions, which will, if applied consistently allow you to realize all your goals and dreams.
Vision – Know what you want
Goals – Define what you want and build in measurement criterion to enable you to monitor your progress.
Projects – Break Goals into smaller manageable and achievable pieces
Action Lists – Lists containing individual actions, which when completed, will result in achieving your projects and eventually as you complete all your projects, you will achieve all your goals.
Daily Actions – A daily commitment to take a minimum of 3 – 5 actions from each action list and complete them. This daily commitment adds up to success over time.
Measure your Actions – Measure your progress daily, weekly and monthly to ensure that the actions you are taking are aligned with the outcomes you want to achieve.
Improve – If the actions you are taking are achieving the outcomes you want keep taking them. If they are not, then it is prudent to re-examine them and make improvements where necessary.
Once you have mastered the process described above, you will have become effective. In other words, once you have completed this very important process of identifying the correct actions needed to deliver your dreams, only then are you equipped to build an efficient TIME, ENERGY and ACTIVITY management system, which will allow you to improve the way you utilise your available time, so that you can get more done each day.
Create Success Habits to Support your Daily Activities
No matter how specific, focused, or perfect your plans to deliver your dreams may be. Nothing meaningful can happen, until you develop and consistently apply an effective activity management routine in your life. This routine is built around positive daily success habits and disciplines and will equip you to effortlessly discover your brilliance and live your excellence.
Stop Dawdling through your Day
Make a decision right now to stop dawdling, avoiding taking the daily actions necessary to succeed and finally accept 100 % responsibility for success in your life. When you stop focusing your efforts on performing minor tasks, which keep your accumulative achievements minor and finally commit to invest your precious time into major projects, which will contribute to your breakthrough achievements, you will begin to achieve your goals and dreams.
Focus and Prioritise your Efforts
Focus on prime projects during the prime time of your day and devote uninterrupted time slots to this endeavour. To achieve real and lasting success, you must create a schedule, which includes large uninterrupted periods, for working on your most important projects. Your best work is done and your full potential achieved, when you focus and prioritise your activities and perform these during uninterrupted time frames.
Record and Measure your Daily Actions
Next begin to review all your important thoughts, goals, projects and To-Do’s and record them into a highly organised and efficient system, which will allow you to detach from issues that you are unable to handle right now, yet allow you to have laser focus on tasks, commitments and projects that need to be completed right now. The highest levels of productivity and decision making ability occurs when we have a completely focused mind.
Start Right Now
Make a start right NOW and begin taking consistent small actions every day, which over time, will deliver your bliss. As you begin to see results, you will begin to absorb confidence and the positive feelings about your potential will grow, which will encourage you to take even more daily action. This may feel uncomfortable at first and thrust you outside of your comfort zone, but this is one of those RISKS in life you cannot afford not to take.
Make the conscious decision today, to take control, of the application of your available time and believe that you can change your poor time management habits. Then embrace the key disciplines of effectively managing your time, energy and activities, and you will gradually overcome your ingrained bad time management habits.
Life is a series of trade-offs and every wasted moment is spent forever. Time and therefore your life are traded for the things you choose to do. You have an incredible privilege right now, that privilege is awareness. Use that awareness to create the life of your dreams and have no regrets about what you did with your precious time.
Focus on only Things you Can Change
To realize the success you deserve, stop living a vicarious life in which you waste time and energy on things you cannot change, instead invest most of your time into activities that make you both passionate, happy and have real meaning for you
Value your Time
The most valuable thing you own is YOUR TIME. Spend it wisely, for you can never save time, you can only choose to SPEND it differently. Do you choose to invest your 86400 seconds each day, creating the future of your dreams or do you choose to spend it on frivolous pastimes that offer fleeting enjoyment at best?
Time and energy invested into preparing for opportunity is well spent, as preparation is fundamental to developing self-confidence and a resolute belief in your abilities and as both are key to your sustainable success, this is one investment that can only grow and is free from the ravages of negative sentiment.
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