Life Coach Magazine

The Time Factor

By Sahi
  I would love to say- " Hey time all these days you were controlling me but  "THE TIME" has changed and the day is no longer when i will be controlling you!! :) "
   I was just pondering over how we spend everyminute in a day!!do we even realize the importance of seconds???? Lets just imagine that we have the power of freezing the time. ie. every second will be like an hour. So it is like a loooott of time for us right. What would we do if we have our days this long??? Would we make use of the extra time that we get really efficiently or just keep spinning the yarn for the extra hours too!!
     Right from the school days we keep complining that  time was not sufficient to comple that days homework or to prepare for tests or whatever work we were assigned for work. We either say "we were busy" or " no time". But what do we really do get that busy ???
   We would have heard lectures and gyans on how to manage time, or even attended workshops on Time Management. We would have also heard the famous saying that  "Winners Manage Time efficiently".
But how is that few are able to do every thing perfectly in the given time and others just lack behind giving lame excuses.???
  I know its not easy to follow a strict time table,Because it  again brings us to the starting of the discussion where Time controls us!!!..Time goes in its own pace and if we do not go along with it then we will have to run extra fast to cope up with the time. But what if Time is about to end the race and we are still at the starting point???? we really cannot cope up!!
The Time Factor   And time is a loner. No friends and no enemies.It does not help its friends by waiting for them to join the race nor does it punch its enemies to quit from the race.Then how do we control time???
1) Realize that time management is a myth.
No matter how organized we are, there are always only 24 hours in a day. Time doesn't change. All we can actually manage is ourselves and what we do with the time that we have.
2) Find out where you're wasting time.

Many of us are prey to time-wasters that steal time we could be using much more productively. What are your time-bandits? Do you spend too much time 'Net surfing, reading email, or making personal calls? Tracking Daily Activities explains how to track your activities so you can form a accurate picture of what you actually do, the first step to effective time management.
3) Create time management goals.
Remember, the focus of time management is actually changing your behaviors, not changing time. A good place to start is by eliminating your personal time-wasters. For one week, for example, set a goal that you're not going to take personal phone calls while you're working.
4) Implement a time management plan.
Think of this as an extension of time management tip # 3. The objective is to change your behaviors over time to achieve whatever general goal you've set for yourself, such as increasing your productivity or decreasing your stress. So you need to not only set your specific goals, but track them over time to see whether or not you're accomplishing them.
5) Get in the habit of setting time limits for tasks.
For instance, reading and answering email can consume your whole day if you let it. Instead, set a limit of one hour a day for this task and stick to it.
6) Don't waste time waiting.
From client meetings to dentist appointments, it's impossible to avoid waiting for someone or something. But you don't need to just sit there and twiddle your thumbs. Always take something to do with you, such as a report you need to read, a checkbook that needs to be balanced, or just a blank pad of paper that you can use to plan your next marketing campaign. Technology makes it easy to work wherever you are; your PDA and/or cell phone will help you stay connected.
You can be in control and accomplish what you want to accomplish - once you've come to grips with the time management myth and taken control of your time.

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