If you’ve been reading recent posts, you know that I’ve been working on a series that deals with a recurring theme that has plagued many of us: the lack of time we feel we have to accomplish our goals and dreams. It often feels as if there are not enough hours in a day. If you can relate to this menacing reality, keep reading!
“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”
– H. Jackson Brown
The final point that I would like to touch on in the area of time management is: Prioritizing. If you have been following the blogs, and have been waking up early and making your daily lists to organize your day, but you still feel like you are behind the eight ball, then prioritize. This is an important factor in time management that we may often overlook. Prioritization adds stability to your list. You can have the most detailed list that encompasses every task that you need to complete, mapped out to the letter, but if you don’t set priorities then you will still be dissatisfied with your outcomes.
A list without priorities is similar to a body that is void of a bone structure. Being that this is the beginning of the year, I know many of you have set high fitness goals for the year, which is great! Imagine trying to exercise without bones. Many of us know we need to build muscle to burn fat, and that’s as far as we go with our comprehension of fitness; but, without bones we wouldn’t even be able to get out of bed, regardless of how big and strong our muscles are. Our bones give our body stability, just as setting priorities will give your day stability.
In order to maintain a productive business and personal life we have to put things in order, from most important to least important. We have to set short term goals as well as long term goals. We must consider the tasks that may take us longer to complete in comparison to those that we can finish in a breeze. We have to look at how difficult each task will be to complete and whether or not we will need assistance to complete it. If so, we must factor in the time we will have to wait for that assistance. Making these prioritizations will allows us to free up time that would otherwise be lost forever. The ability to prioritize goes hand in hand with having a detailed list. Prioritization dictates what we need to do, in order to maximize our time, now that we have committed ourselves to waking up an hour earlier.
“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.”
– Stephen R. Covey