Effective Time Management

April 22, 2013 — Leave a comment

Effective time management and true productivity is not based on how well you master the tactics of email, handling interruptions, telephone, planning, or whatever else.

Excellent tactics will not help you reach a place of peace and contentment. But, having the proper understanding and mindset about time, your life and your projects will make you a true productivity machine.

It’s all about mental prep for time management. Without a change of thought true change of action will not last. The biggest hindrance to effective time management is your own mindset.

It’s your mindset that keeps you from saying “no” to many things that are sucking the life out of you right now.

Productivity has much to do with our personality and make up we’re all different. Some people are more prone to worry and depression, they have to learn how to manage the ups and downs in their lives without giving up completely.

Others jump from dream to dream, easily distracted, they have a hard time staying focused. They have to learn how to manage this or they will be frustrated with their output.

It’s not healthy to compare yourself with someone else. Your psychological make up is different. neither is right or wrong. We just need to look at ourselves honestly, accept who we are and work within the perimeters of our strengths and weaknesses.

Time management is not a neat and tidy discipline because life is no neat and tidy. Things are shifting and changing all around us and every shift can affect our productivity.

This is reality and complaining about it will not change it, but the good news is that we can manage this shifting tide for our good.

We can set up systems and boundaries that will enable us to tap into the power of time and use it for our benefit.

For know, realize and accept the fact that you’ll get knocked off your feet over and over again in your pursuit of proper time management. Don’t get discouraged get up, dust yourself off and get back to work.

Just last week I got a severe flu that put me down for at least one week. For 5 of those days I couldn’t read or write. That messed with my plans but I’m not going to waste any time worrying about it. I’ll just push the reboot button of life and get on with it.

There have been periods of time in my life when I’m a productive machine but there have been many other periods where I’ve battled depression and discouragement and have had to learn how to cope with that.

There have been days where I wake up discouraged. I sit at my desk, staring at the computer screen and can’t think straight. It would take me 2 hours to make it through 30 minutes of phone calls because of these inward battles. Sometimes I’d just give up and lose myself in a movie or a novel and than I feel guilty about caving in.

One thing I know for sure is that beating yourself up does no good at all. Degrading yourself will not produce any will power to overcome your struggles.

I’ve learned that I have to honestly acknowledge what I am going through and even accept the fact that my production may suffer for a couple of days while I work through this dark cloud. I give myself permission to be unproductive.

Learn to work with your weaknesses and strengths, don’t waste time degrading yourself, manage your expectations and you’ll end up feeling better about what you accomplish.

Jeff

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