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December 2009


Beyond Time Management

Time: A non-spatial continuum in which events occur in apparently irreversible succession.

Management: The act, manner, or practice of directing or handling.

How many of you are skilled in directing or handling a non-spatial continuum?  Neither am I.  Still we need to be effective with the events in which we chose to engage.

Want to achieve real success in this area?  Try these strategies.

Key Strategies

1. Decide What You Are All About

What is your mission, your purpose?   Why does your company provide the products or services that it does?  Why do you have the job you do?  The answer is not "profit" or a "pay check."  If you are tempted to answer this way, then ask yourself what you hope to do with the profit, and why.  The answer to "why" will tell you what your mission is.  If you don't like your answer, select a new one.

2. Decide Where You Are Going

Where do you want to be in 6, 12, 24, 60 months?  What does it look like, sound like, feel like, smell like, and taste like?  Who will be with you?  What will you have with you?  Plan sensory rich pictures of yourself at time intervals into the future, several time intervals.

3. Decide What Activities Will Get You There

Of what you do now, what do you need to stop doing?  If what you are doing is not moving you in the direction of your goals, it is moving you away from them.  Some activities may take time to stop doing or to change, so start now.

What are you not doing now that you need to start doing? It is never to late to start anything.  There is nothing holding you back except your own free will.

My rule for activities:  If it is not making a profit, giving me hope for the future, or both, it is gone.  Immediately.

4.  Cultivate Good Habits

Experts teach that it takes 30 days of continuous activity to make or break a habit.  That means that every day you must do the thing you are trying to form a habit of, or avoid doing the thing you are trying to break the habit of.  After 30 days it becomes a habit, second nature.

5. Keep Your Eye On Your Time . . .

Not on your watch. Courtesy Harvey Mackay, Swim with the Sharks without Being Eaten Alive.  "Knowing what to do isn't enough if you haven't developed the self-discipline to do it."  It is not enough to know what you are about, where you are going, what activities will get you there, or how to cultivate good habits, if you do not decide to proceed, and then proceed.

Taking charge is the only method that leads to success.  Get to work!




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