the greatest single problem that people
have today is time poverty.
Working people have too much to do and
too little time for their personal lives.
Most people feel overwhelmed with responsibilities
and activities, and the harder they work,
the further behind they feel. This sense
of being on a never-ending treadmill can
cause you to fall into the reactive/responsive
mode of living. Instead of clearly deciding
what you want to do, you continually react
to what is happening around you. Pretty
soon you lose all sense of control. You
feel that your life is running you, rather
than you running your life.
a regular basis, you have to stand back
and take stock of yourself and what youre
doing. You have to stop the clock and
do some serious thinking about who you
are and where you are going. You have
to evaluate your activities in the light
of what is really important to you. You
must master your time rather than becoming
a slave to the constant flow of events
and demands on your time. And you must
organize your life to achieve balance,
harmony, and inner peace. Taking action
without thinking is the cause of every
failure. Your ability to think is the
most valuable trait that you possess.
If you improve the quality of your thinking,
you improve the quality of your life,
is your most precious resource. It is
the most valuable thing you have. It is
perishable, it is irreplaceable, and it
cannot be saved. It can only be reallocated
from activities of lower value to activities
of higher value. All work requires time.
And time is absolutely essential for the
important relationships in your life.
The very act of taking a moment to think
about your time before you spend it will
begin to improve your personal time management
used to think that time management was
only a business tool, like a calculator
or a cellular telephone. It was something
that you used so that you could get more
done in a shorter period of time and eventually
be paid more money. Then I learned that
time management is not a peripheral activity
or skill. It is the core skill upon which
everything else in life depends.
your work or business life, there are
so many demands on your time from other
people that very little of your time is
yours to use as you choose. However, at
home and in your personal life you can
exert a tremendous amount of control over
how you use your time. And it is in this
area that I want to focus.
time management begins with you. It begins
with your thinking through what is really
important to you in life. And it only
makes sense if you organize it around
specific things that you want to accomplish.
You need to set goals in three major areas
of your life. First, you need family and
personal goals. These are the reasons
why you get up in the morning, why you
work hard and upgrade your skills, why
you worry about money and sometimes feel
frustrated by the demands on your time.
are your personal and family goals, both
tangible and intangible? A tangible family
goal could be a bigger house, a better
car, a larger television set, a vacation,
or anything else that costs money. An
intangible goal would be to build a higher
quality relationship with your spouse
and children, to spend more time with
your family going for walks or reading
books. Achieving these family and personal
goals are the real essence of time management,
and its major purpose.
second area of goals are your business
and career goals. These are the how
goals, the means by which you achieve
your personal, why goals.
How can you achieve the level of income
that will enable you to fulfill your family
goals? How can you develop the skills
and abilities to stay ahead of the curve
in your career? Business and career goals
are absolutely essential, especially when
balanced with family and personal goals.
third type of goals are your personal
development goals. Remember, you cant
achieve much more on the outside than
what you have achieved on the inside.
Your outer life will be a reflection of
your inner life. If you wish to achieve
worthwhile things in your personal and
your career life, you must become a worthwhile
person in your own self-development. You
must build yourself if you want to build
your life. Perhaps the greatest secret
of success is that you can become anything
you really want to become to achieve any
goal that you really want to achieve.
But in order to do it, you must go to
work on yourself and never stop.
you have a list of your personal and family
goals, your business and career goals,
and your self-development goals, you can
then organize the list by priority. This
brings us to the difference between priorities
and posteriorities. In order to get your
personal time under control, you must
decide very clearly upon your priorities.
You must decide on the most important
things that you could possible be doing
to give yourself the same amount of happiness,
satisfaction, and joy in life. But at
the same time, you must establish posteriorities
as well. Just as priorities are things
that you do more of and sooner, posteriorities
are things that you do less of and later.
fact is, your calendar is full. You have
no spare time. Your time is extremely
valuable. Therefore, for you to do anything
new, you will have to stop doing something
old. In order to get into something, you
will have to get out of something else.
In order to pick something up, you will
have to put something down. Before you
make any new commitment of your time,
you must firmly decide what activities
you are going to discontinue in your personal
life. If you want to spend more time with
your family, for example, you must decide
what activities you currently engage in
that are preventing you from doing so.
principle of time management says that
hard time pushes out soft time. This means
that hard time, such as working, will
push out soft time, such as the time you
spend with your family. If you dont
get your work done at the office because
you dont use your time well, you
almost invariably have to rob that time
from your family. As a result, because
your family is important to you, you find
yourself in a values conflict. You feel
stressed and irritable. You feel a tremendous
amount of pressure. You know in your heart
that you should be spending more time
with the important people in your life,
but because you didnt get your work
done, you have to fulfill those responsibilities
before you can spend time with your spouse
of it this way. Every minute you waste
during the waking day is time that your
family will ultimately be deprived of.
So concentrate on working when you are
at work so that you can concentrate on
your family when you are at home.
are three key questions that you can ask
yourself continually to keep your personal
life in balance. The first question is,
What is really important to me?
Whenever you find yourself with too much
to do and too little time, stop and ask
yourself, What is it that is really
important for me to do in this situation?
Then, make sure that what you are doing
is the answer to that question.
second question is, What are my
highest value activities? In your
personal life, this means, What
are the things that I do that give me
the greatest pleasure and satisfaction?
Of all the things that I could be doing
at any one time, what are the things that
I could do to add the greatest value to
the final question for you to ask over
and over again is, What is the most
valuable use of my time right now?
Since you can only do one thing at a time,
you must constantly organize you life
so that you are doing one thing, the most
important thing, at every moment. Personal
time management enables you to choose
what to do first, what to do second, and
what not to do at all. It enables you
to organize every aspect of your life
so that you can get the greatest joy,
happiness, and satisfaction out of everything