There are so many time management strategies and tools in the world today. In fact, Google currently has over 1 billion searches related to time management. With so many tools, it begs to the question of how does someone use all these tools to create the life that you want? The truth of that matter is time will pass regardless of if we attempt to leverage it or not, in fact, time cannot be managed, however, we can manage ourselves involving how we use the time that has been given to us.
Time is the great equalizer in the sense that everyone has the same amount. Time is no respecter of persons and is a powerful gift and currency that can he harnessed to create and design the life that we want. Individuals who state that they need more time or could build a life like some one else if they had that person’s time is deceiving themself, we cannot borrow another person’s time. We can exchange of time as a part of the four currencies to create the life that we want.
The secret to leveraging time as a currency is to leverage yourself.
Personal Management + Time Management= Life Management
Check out the following 5 steps that allow you to leverage time to plan the life that you desire.
Create A Goal
“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.”
One of the main reasons why most people don’t get what they want is they haven’t decided what they want. They haven’t defined their desires through clarity and detail. What does success look like to you? Not everybody’s definition of success is the same, nor should it be.
A goal is as simple as clearly defining what you want to do period.
Goals allow us to direct our time and energy toward the attainment of our goals.
The best way to leverage time as a currency is to know how to use it in the attainment of a self-chosen, self-imposed discipline in pursuit of a goal.
Three questions Leaders ask in creating goals include:
How will the goal stretch you as a person?
How will you become more valuable in developing skills?
What will attaining with goal mean in the contribution of yourself, family, and society?
Happiness is the result of your expectations and reality matching up. Achieving your goals brings a sense of purpose far greater than receiving money and other material items. In fact, unless time is correctly used as a form of currency, anything gained will not be sustained. Value and character are created over time.
Organize A Plan Of Action
"By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail."
Action without planning is a setup for failure. You have all heard the saying that life happens. This statement you can all tend agree on, however, why does life happen for some people that appear to be a little more fortunate, happier, and healthier than some while some individuals appear as if they can’t catch a break? Planning gives a sense of control and brings some consistency life and time.
Write The Goals Down
“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”
– Jim Rohn
Make a list of your goals.
By listing the goals and what we want to accomplish the Sunday or Saturday before the week so that we can focus on what are looking to achieve that week.
List the goal the night before the following day. This activity allows our mind to find creative solutions while we sleep.
Another benefit of a list gives us the ability to objectively analyze how you are using your time in relation to your goals.
Finally, you feel a sense of accomplishment as you achieve your goals. Happiness is tied to how you use your time to achieve our goal. A happy and successful life is compounding successful days. Successful day days are based on leveraging time to create the life that your want.
“Often in life, we forget the things we should remember, and remember the things we should forget.”
Categorize the good vs necessary. You cannot do everything with your time and therefore you must separate the good from the necessary in life. The are many good things that can be experienced in life, however the good comes at the expense of the necessary. The necessary tasks are aligned goal that you chose.
A vital question to ask in setting priorities is “What is the most value use of my time?”
Studies have shown that the 80/20 rule works. This means that 20 percent of the work you engage in yields 80 percent of the rewards in your life.
Another aspect of the 80/20 rule encompasses 80 percent of the population spend their time focused in the past while 20 percent of the population spend their time focused on the future. Guess which percent society labels successful?
Necessary tasks have an impact on the future. Good tasks have an impact on the present. The ability to use time wisely is the ability not to major in minor things.
- Zen proverb
Multitasking is a lie. It was originally a term for computers which described when multiple windows were open on a terminal. This is not a task or term reserved for the human mind. In fact, the human brain can only hold one thought at a time.
The skill of focusing increasing productivity. Starting and stopping tasks are like a car having 70,000 “city miles” vs 70,000 “highway miles”. No one prefers the car with city miles with the constant starting and stopping putting wear and tear on the engine. The highway miles make for a smoother ride and is much more efficient regarding time and fuel. However, you have no problem putting those same “miles” on your time. Starting and stopping tasks can increase the necessary time to complete a task up to 500 percent.
Focus is a game of concentration. What you concentrate on expands in your life. The question is do you spend more time focusing what you want in your life or more time on what you don’t want in your life?
Here is a breakdown of much time we spend focusing on things in our life:
40 percent of the population focus occurs in their imagination and on things never happen.
30 percent of the population focus on things that occurred in the past.
12 percent of the population focus are health concerns.
10 percent of the population focus on petty, miscellaneous tasks.
8 percent of population focus are around real and legitimate concerns. People focus 92 percent of their time on things that will not happen, have already happen, and are petty not necessary.
You chose what to focus on, so spend that time focusing on what is helping to achieve your goals and helping to create your life.
It doesn’t take a great deal to leverage the currency of time to build the life that you want. The key is getting started and using the time that you must maximize your life.