Become a master Time Manager by Jen Butler, MEd.
Time is a consumable commodity that equals the playing field among the rich and poor, successful and seeking, experienced and neophyte. Time is the commodity that we can choose to give away for free or turn it into a million-dollar moment. We make or break these moments by our perception of time, how we value it, and, most importantly, how we manage it.
What separates the masters of time management from the novice is simple: Masters know, understand, and leverage the power of time. Every moment is spent looking for problems and turning them into opportunities. Plans are devised with intention and strategy to capture the small, necessary steps that create major, benefiting solutions. Masters know which items are the most important to focus on in their practice, while leaving room for urgent and unpredictable events.
Have you ever gotten to the end of the day and realized you forgot to do something important. We all have. You start with good intentions and might get most of your tasks done. But without some organization, what you actually accomplish might be quite important, trivial or somewhere in between.
Here are a few things to remember to make your lists more useful:
- If you only have a few things to do on a given day, it might not be difficult to get everything done.
- If you have many things to do, making a list should help you see what lies ahead for the day.
- Once everything is on your list, the next step is to rank the tasks by importance. Getting all the little things done is not much consolation if you overlook something critical.
- Starting at the top with the most important tasks will help you prioritize your time.
- As you look over your list, you might realize that you will not have to do everything on it.
- You can put off some of the less important tasks for another day.
- If you still don’t have time to do everything important, perhaps someone else can do one or two things for you.
- You could also make your apologies to someone expecting something of you and reschedule a better time to attend to his or her needs.