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Keys to Time Management
- Direction is the foundational and most critical factor to managing time. Where are we going? What is the mission and purpose? What are the goals? Why is what is being done being done? If you are not using your time to reach your goals, someone else will use it to reach theirs. Thus, one better clarify her/his direction—the purpose and goals to be accomplished—or nothing worth much will be accomplished.
- Planning is the second essential to effective time management. A purpose or a goal without a plan is simply a wish without determination behind it. A goal without a plan is like a ladder without steps. Planning can be detailed or simple, but it is an absolute must.
- Organization is the third essential for good time management. This has to do with arranging time as well as physical and human resources in such a way to optimize output toward goals. However over-organization can be as much a bane as under-organization. The best practice for organization is to organize enough to get the job done, and just a little more as required continuing moving forward in the future.
- Determination is another key component of good time management. Too many allow external factors to control them. In fact, many prefer not to take responsibility for their own destinies, and thus allow themselves to be controlled by external factors so as not to assume any blame for failure. To manage time, one must have a fixed attitude toward success and manage time accordingly.
- Persistence is the final piece to effective time management. Time management is the ongoing process of putting together a lifelong jigsaw puzzle. The daily output ultimately will determine the final picture. The task at the start will always seem daunting. However, a beautiful picture at the end is most rewarding. Coolidge said it well, “Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” Another once said, “Great things happen not because of great strength, but because of perseverance.” Managing time is an ongoing task. It is a lifestyle. It requires a lifelong persistence to be in control of what one can be in control of, rather than being controlled by the weakest of daily foes.