Thursday, February 24, 2011

Time Killers: Learn How to Get a Grip on Time

Life can become so overwhelming; especially, when there are so many things to get done. Plus, the time to do those many tasks get lost in the shuffle. Many believe their busy schedule is the culprit for not having enough time to get things completed, but in actuality it's their time management that needs to be addressed and mastered. Some of the things that keep most from managing time well are putting off tasks, trying to do too many things at once, and not being able to decipher between what needs to be done now versus what can be put off for a later time.

As a working mom, keeping up with deadlines had become burdensome because I did not organize my time wisely. Through the years, I realized that I needed to get rid of the clutter in my mind before I could manage my time effectively. One day, a light bulb went off in my head when the answer to what was hurting me stared me right in the face. It was something I discovered that I now call "time killers." These time killers were holding me back, keeping me from accomplishing tasks, and fulfilling my goals. I knew it was time to get rid of them, and that I did. Today, I can say I have a better grip on time management and I am doing more with my time. Sometimes I have relapses; however, any time killer that tries to raise its ugly head, I nip in the bud. The biggest ones that I have found are listed below. If you want to start effectively managing your time today, I would suggest getting rid of the following time killers out of your life.

Time Killers

Procrastination
"I will do it tomorrow." I will do it later." "I have time." These are the lies most people say out loud or in their minds to convince themselves that they will have time to accomplish their tasks and achieve their goals. Wake up! Procrastination will delay your dreams, your goals, and everything else you set out to accomplish in your life. Do not put off your tasks for tomorrow, because tomorrow is not promise to you. "The time is now" is what you must keep telling yourself, and don't let procrastination kill your time anymore.

Laziness
"I am tired." "I don't feel like doing anything." These lazy thoughts and feelings will come, but it must not be entertained. There is a reason why you feel lazy. Pay attention to your actions, and evaluate your thoughts and emotions. Don't be afraid to observe and confront why you put things off, and make excuses for not accomplishing a task. This is the only you will be able to destroy time killers. In the end, you will find out what was blocking you from possessing effective time management.

Self Entertainment
Everyone like to have fun and be entertained, but there's a time and a place for everything. Don't waste needless time watching T.V, playing various types of games, surfing on the internet, talking/texting on the phone, and whatever else that keeps you from accomplishing your tasks or projects. They are time wasters, which eats up your energy and the time you could have used to do things that needed to be done right-away. You will get ahead quicker if you just put in the time now.

I believe all time killers are manifested when something is going on mentally and emotionally on the inside of a person. You must know what it is so it can be addressed. The goal is to move forward and be more productive in your daily life. I believe you can and I believe you will. Start changing the way you think today, so you can effectively manage your time tomorrow.

3 comments:

zobop republic said...

Procrastination: Guilty as charged!
Laziness: Not to much.
...and yes I watch to much television.

I'm learning to overcome them.

Melinda J said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, zobop republic. We all are guilty in one form or the order in managing time. I am learning everyday how to live above time killers.

Jack Wellman said...

This is just an amazingly practical work Melinda. You are so right. Time killers. I prefer your articles. They are not time killers but inspirational and helpful. Thanks.