Hello SOTGC community,
It is irrational to aim for time management. The best we can do is to change our behavior.
If we want to change our time management we have to change our perception and our attitude. That is why time management poses such a persistent challenge with no standardized receipe. No reason to worry though, here’s a simple checklist for everyone who is willing to tackle this subject:
- Define your goals
- Plan, plan, plan
- List your to-do’s / Define your priorities
- Get busy
So let’s jump right into the first step: Define your goals! The tool of all successful leaders is as simple as it is clever: The SMART-Strategy:
In order to get you started, let me give you an example for each step:
Goals have to be precisely formulated. What do you want to reach? What will be the result? Try to be as accurate as possible.
e.g.: I am going to participate September 9, 2015, at the half-marathon in New York City.
Goals have to be measurable: In which way, how often, and how precisely to you want to measure?
e.g.:I want to run the marathon three minutes under my personal best time.
Goals have to be attractive and motivating.
e.g.: Up to the marathon, I want to lose 6 pounds of weight through continuous training.
Goals have to be realistic, no matter how motivated you are. Consider your strengths, the tools that are at your disposal, and your surroundings.
e.g.: I am going to run two to three times a week and switch to a healthier nutrition in preparation for the marathon.
Finally, a defined time frame is essential. Until which day/month/year do you want to reach your goal?
e.g.: I will have finished my preparations by September 8, 2015, in order to participate on September 9, 2015, at the marathon.
Try to work your way pedanticly through each step, it will help you visualize your goal. Listing only the facts and necessities will make it harder to reach what you set out for. Ready for some goal work? Grab a pen and take a goal that you have been willing to achieve but have, however, not been able to quite get to yet. Contact me and share your experiences with me!
Stay tuned for my next post when we jump right into Step 2: Plan, plan, plan!