We live in a world that is full of “Time Gobblers.” Time Gobblers are the intangible moments that seem to steal your precious moments and leave you feeling frustrated and dissatisfied. At the end of the day, you either feel a sense of satisfaction or you feel frustrated and discouraged. The purpose of learning Self and Time Management is to be able to orchestrate your life so that you are in alignment with your values, use your time wisely, and feel fulfilled at the end of each day.
Time management is not a skill set that anyone is born with. If you haven’t taken a course in Time Management or had a coach to help you with managing your effectiveness, then you are a product of your environment, doing what you have observed others do.
In order to be an effective time manager, you need to identify the time Gobblers are, and know how to address them when they threaten to derail the perfect plans that you have established for your day.
The “Time Gobblers” are:
1. Lack of planning or prioritizing
2. Telephone interruptions
3. Disorganization or cluttered desk
5. Drop-in visitors
6. Lack of self-discipline
7. Ineffective delegation
8. Unrealistic expectations
9. Inability to say, “No”
10. Leaving tasks incomplete
Some people resist planning because they want to use their free time to relax; they want to go with the flow, being spontaneous, avoiding structure, and believing that they know everything they have to do because it is stored in their head. Others allow for interruptions, both on the phone and in person. Having a cluttered desk is also a habit. It too can be overcome, but it won’t become decluttered by itself. You must do it, and you also must allocate time for this discipline if it is going to be maintained on a regular basis.
Procrastination is a Negaholic habit that can be broken once you understand when you do it, why you do it, and address the three components that anchor the behavior and keep it in place. It can be overcome, but it takes discipline. If you lack self-discipline, then you need to take yourself in hand and honestly evaluate who is running the show. Self-discipline happens when you become the CEO of your life. You get things done because you determine the priorities, you choose to do them, you allocate time, and then you execute the task in the time allotted. If you set unrealistic expectations, then tell yourself the TRUTH regarding the situation. Then build in a cushion on top of that “truth.” You probably anticipate the best possible outcome and ignore the “stuff” that happens, like traffic, accidents, other people being late or even missing deadlines. If you imagine that you live in a perfect world, think again… Start to anticipate what could go wrong and then factor that possibility into your planning. If the random “Stuff” doesn’t happen, then consider yourself ahead of the game!
There are ways to overcome these, however, you must be ready, willing, and able to change your behaviors. Changing behaviors is easier said than done. We are creatures of habit and when a behavior becomes ingrained it becomes habitual, or a part of you. If you want to change behaviors, you have to separate yourself from the habit or behavior that has attached itself to you.
If you have difficulty saying, “No” or “Not at this time” then seriously consider taking the Inner Negotiation Workshop to change those behaviors. Old patterns will need to be broken to ensure success. Do one thing differently, and then reward yourself. Remember, 21 repetitions will change an old habit into a new behavior pattern. Start today!
When you have mastered the components of Time Management you will:
1. Discover how to balance time and life
2. Use your time efficiently
3. Exercise choice when managing your schedule
4. Feel more in control of your days
5. Experience success in accomplishing tasks and projects