Alex is a friend of mine who believed that wristwatches dictated his life, so he never wore wristwatches. You don’t need to be a genius to know that such a person wouldn’t like instructions either.
Some years ago Alex needed my help, so we fixed a date and time to meet and talk. When the set day came, I got there before him, as expected, and had to wait for 3 hours before he showed up. I was furious at him for blowing up those valuable 3 hours of my life. Also, I was mad at myself for trusting Alex – who disliked time management devices – with my time. I told him that it would be extremely difficult for him to become a real leader unless he changed his attitude. After telling Alex my heart-felt truth, I was shocked to see him get upset at my reaction, he even said that I was mean to him.
Presently, Alex doesn’t only have a great job, but also has 10 different wristwatches. I guess he has been taught by the best teacher – Experience – to be extra time conscious.
Most people rarely keep to time. Some people are never on time for appointments or events simply because they work with “African time”. Without conducting an interview, an employer would know that a candidate who is 3 hours late does not deserve the proposed job.
Many have lost business deals, good relationships and even lives, due to poor management of time. “A man who dares to waste one hour of life has not discovered the value of life.” -Charles Darwin. As a destined leader, you must have the ability to manage both time and human.
These are 7 Easy Steps to Effective Time Management:
1. Create Your To-Do List: a proper way to start each day (after saying your prayers) is by creating your schedule for the day. Also, set a 5, 10 or 15 minute break which you must stick to. This list keeps your mind focused on important objectives throughout the day.
2. Set and Prioritise Goals: set defined goals for yourself. These goals should be realistic and effective. Some activities may be urgent but not important, stick to the important.
3. Time Out: taking time-outs or breaks help clear the mind and maintain a relaxed state. During this break, you check your To-do list, cross all accomplished objectives, and get ready to complete the rest.
4. Motivate Yourself: reward yourself with something delicious or fun after completing a major task. This provides that refreshing drive that makes you want to efficiently complete the next tasks.
5. No Distractions: discipline yourself not to visit the social media eg Twitter, unless you are there for strictly business. Avoid instant messages like BBM as well. Do not underestimate how much time these unimportant activities eat up.
6. Setting Alarms: set an alarm 10 minutes earlier than your actual wake-up time. I tell you, this little trick is quite effective in time management.
7. Sleep for about 6 Hours to 8 Hours Every Night: this will help keep you strong and sound, help you think clearly and work smart during the day.
“It’s how we spend our time here and now, that really matters. If you are fed up with the way you have come to interact with time, change it.” Time is priceless don’t waste it.
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