Personal Growth: Time Management
When it comes to progressing in your personal life, your career, and your general lifestyle, time management is an important piece. Time management can easily become the difference between a productive day-to-day existence and a completely unproductive day-to-day existence. Time management can be the difference between having quality time to spend with your spouse or kids. Time management can be the difference between being able to launch a second income stream while keeping your regular job or just being stuck in your normal nine-to-five existence.
Needless to say, time management is critically important and is something we should spend a great deal of our energy improving in our lives.
Enemies of Effective Time Management
- Television – I recently heard a statistic that the average adult watches nine years of television during their lifespan. That is absolutely insane. Think of what you could accomplish in nine full years – the equivalent of almost 79,000 hours. You could solve some serious problems in that time! Or you could create some serious memories in that time (much better than a funny episode of Seinfeld from 10 years ago). Cut back your television watching drastically. Consider getting rid of it if you’re somewhat radical.
- The Internet – While I work online a great deal, the aimless browsing that often comes with being on the internet is a huge time waster. The main culprits? Facebook, ESPN.com, other blogs, etc. but I’d guess that Facebook is most people’s #1 time waster. Get off these websites and start using your time more wisely.
- Telephone – This isn’t really a time waster for me, but I know it is for some people. Some people talk for hours on the phone about the smallest, most irrelevant aspects of life. Not to step on anyone’s toes here, but I think females tend to “over-analyze” things on the phone – correct me if I’m wrong. Anyways, get off the phone!
- Disorganized Lifestyle – Being disorganized in life is definitely an enemy of time management. While not everyone has a personality that lends itself towards structure, discipline and organization in their lives, everyone who expects to being able to manage their time well needs to have some element of organization and structure in their lives. Otherwise, you will likely manage your time very poorly.
Easy Ways To Improve Your Time Management
- Get Organized – This is number one. Get organized in the various areas of your life. This might mean a neater living area, organizing household items, or organizing your business area and desk. Getting organized saves time in the long run and will make you more efficient.
- Plan Out Your Days – Similar to the last point, this is essentially organizing your day. Even if you have a million things to do, you should take five minutes and map out what you plan to accomplish and in what order. Create a checklist basically for your day. Then, start knocking them out. You’ll be surprised how energy efficient this is and how much you are able to get done.
- Don’t Check Email So Often – This one is from the Four Hour Work Week book. He checks his email twice a day. The alternative which most of us do, including myself, is keep our email open all day and respond every single time an email comes in. This means I stop what I’m doing and respond to email approximately 100 times a day. It’s terribly inefficient. Try the alternative.
What Is Possible
By improving your time management, you might be able to get more done in your life that you actually want to get done. A recent comment in the discussion forums here at 20smoney, somebody mentioned a side income as a pipe dream. The reason for it only being a pipe dream is probably due to lack of time. By improving his time management, maybe the pipe dream becomes a reality?
Time management is something we will always strive to improve over the course of our lives. It’s vital to a productive existence and its vital to a quality work/life balance – both things I desire and you probably do as well. I would never have been able to get this blog off the ground while working a job and having a family all simultaneously had I not implemented some level of effective time management – and I have major improvements to go still!