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Why Time Management?


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"Time, time, time what has become of me? As I look about all my possibilities." Simon & Garfunkle

Why time management? When asked to identify things that stress them, adults almost always list time as one of the top three.

"There isn't enough time to finish the work projects I have to do." "I don't have time to spend with my family."
"I don't have the time to get organized."
"I don't have the time ....

Children learn from adult modeled behavior. Is it any surprise then, that children like adults almost always list time as a major stressor? Among the talented teens we interviewed, time or the lack of time always makes it to the top five list. It is an even more certain truth that as children reach their teen years, time becomes even more limited. It is as if we have taught our children the worst skills imaginable. The issue that stresses most adults today will go on to stress our children, and their children and generations yet to come! There is a fundamental truth we have been ignoring, and the ruse is up!

The simple reality and ultimate truth is that time is not manageable. Time is a finite, limited, predictable but renewable resource. There are 1,440 minutes in a day, 7 days in a week and 52 weeks in a year. All the time management in the world will never change that. It is not time that needs to be managed but rather our utilization of that resource. Time spent today is forever gone but tomorrow we get a new day and a new chance to manage our lives within the limited parameters of the minutes, hours and days in our years. With time limited, how do we learn to be better when managing our time and teaching our children to do the same? The answer is that if we wish to help children with timeIlife management skills, we as adults need to better model those things we would have children do. We need to model good time and life management skills to teach.

The single best teaching tool for time management is to model the desired behavior. Learn to be a time manager yourself. The best way for you as an adult to learn time management (after reading this book) is to take a time management course including the use of a tool that will help you organize your life. FranklinCoveyTM, Daytimer´┐Ż, and At a Glance´┐Ż, are three of the largest companies that manufacturer time management planners and calendars. For a fee each of the companies listed above also offer time management programs. Enrolling in one of these or taking one of the many other time management courses, or retaking one of the courses is an excellent way to learn or to remind yourself of the things you can do to make yourself a better time/life manager.  Consider using a system or a planner.  Enroll in a course!

"But, I don't have time to take a time management course."

If that sounds like you, run do not walk to the nearest time management course! In your case it may be a matter of urgency not just importance. But if you are having difficulty managing time you may not understand that yet. Continue reading!

Time management is so important that many companies insist that their top performers take time management courses to improve the efficiency of those managers. But time management is not just about improving your efficiency at work. The efficient utilization of time gives an individual the opportunity to maximize their potential to do what it is they will do with their time. The efficient utilization of time improves efficacy, productivity, and personal satisfaction. Learning to manage your time, will so improve your life quality by what ever definition you choose as to make time management a high priority for completion. Schedule it now!

Stephen Covey, author of the Seven Habits of Highly Successful People believes in time management. Covey believes that to be successful we must take charge of our lives. He has identified seven practices that lead to successful lives and the foundation of his seven habits are the notions of time management. Covey's habits are listed below.

Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People

1. Be proactive. Take responsibility for your life.
2. Begin with the end in mind.  Define your mission and goals in life.
3. Put first things first.  Prioritize, and do the most important things first.
4. Think win-win.  Have an everyone-can-win attitude.
5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood.  Listen to people sincerely.
6. Synergize - work together to achieve more.
7. Sharpen the saw.  Renew yourself regularly.

Of these seven habits, habits 1, 2, 3 and 7 or 57% of the seven involve the better use of time. Enough of the argument? Take a time management course! Meanwhile, continue reading the self help time management tips that follow.



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