10 Tips for More Effective Time Management

Written by Michael Pollock

If you're going to take control of YOUR life and make it great, you'll need to start by taking control of your time. Time management is foundational to succeeding in any area of life. Inrepparttar words of "the father of management theory" Peter Drucker, "until we can manage TIME, we can manage nothing else."

An entire industry has been born out ofrepparttar 102072 need to better manage our time. You can buy leather bound planners, fancy software packages, books, tapes and hand-held computers. You can even attend week long seminars that teach better time management skills.

I'm sure most of those resources are very good. I'd like to suggest however, before spending your hard earned money on any of them, you try these 10 simple tips for effective time management.

1. It's not time management. It's self management. You can't control time and so, you certainly can't manage it. You get as much time as anyone else. You CAN control yourself - what you be and do in each moment of time. Inrepparttar 102073 words of English poet, Austin Dobson, "Time goes, you say? Ah, no! Alas, time stays, we go."

2. Keep and USE a simple, "block" type, weekly calendar. I use a two page weekly calendar with one hour increments in each block. Page 1 covers Mon-Sun, 4 a.m.-12 noon. Page 2 covers Mon-Sun, 1 p.m.-9 p.m. Each one hour block of time should be big enough to write in any appointments. You can use Microsoft Works to print a calendar such as this. Keep it with you at all times.

3. Keep a simple, "block" type, monthly calendar. Any appointments that don't fall inrepparttar 102074 current week can be written in one ofrepparttar 102075 blocks on your monthly calendar. Again, Microsoft Works will produce a monthly calendar such as this. Keep this calendar with you allrepparttar 102076 time as well.

4. Plan your week in advance. Spend an hour Sunday evening planningrepparttar 102077 coming week. Transfer appointments from your monthly calendar to your weekly calendar. When you see how many open blocks of time you actually have, you'll feel a much greater sense of control and peace.

5. Invest each one hour block of time. Each of your one hour blocks represents an investment opportunity. How you invest your block will determine your future return. What you sow in each block, you will reap in future blocks. Consider cutting back on any activities that will not yield some benefit, such as excessive TV or web surfing.

The Top Ten Ways to Stay Focused on Your Objectives

Written by Michael Angier

People often ask me what I think arerepparttar most important keys to achieving successful outcomes. There are many, butrepparttar 102071 one thing that I see as beingrepparttar 102072 most essential—and often ignored—is consistency.

Any worthwhile, challenging goal requires sustained effort. Doingrepparttar 102073 things necessary for a day or two isn't hard. Where most people fall down is in stringing those days together and thereby creatingrepparttar 102074 progress,repparttar 102075 momentum, and ultimately,repparttar 102076 successful accomplishment.

What follows are ten ways to maintain your focus, your energy and your optimism while pursuing your goal. They've worked for me and they'll work for you. When I've employed all of these components, I've never failed to achieve my intention.

1. Have Powerful Reasons. With a strong enough reason you can and will findrepparttar 102077 how andrepparttar 102078 wherewithal to achieve your reward. Reasons plus belief keep you motivated. When you're excited about your goal, it doesn't seem like work. If you're not excited, your efforts will require more discipline and energy. Make sure it's YOUR goal. Make sure it excites you. And then act enthusiastically.

2. Write Your Objectives Down. This is a critical step. Don't think it, ink it. When you write your goals down, they appear not only on paper, but they become indelibly written upon your consciousness.

3. Visualize. "See" your objective already in existence. Nothing can withstandrepparttar 102079 power of a clear, multi-sensory vision of what you are intending. What does it look like? What will people be saying about it? How will you feel? The more detailed and "real" you can make your vision,repparttar 102080 more powerful it will be. It will operate like a magnet and draw forth all kinds of things you never thought possible.

4. Affirm Your Success. Speak your goal into existence. An affirmation is a present-tense, positive statement of your intended outcome. I now have achieved ______________ (fill inrepparttar 102081 blank). The more sensory rich you can make your affirmations,repparttar 102082 more effective they will be. All of these techniques help you to feelrepparttar 102083 presence of your objective and build belief.

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