The starting point of becoming excellent in
Almost everyone feels that their time management skills could be
vastly better than they are.
People resolve, over and over again, to get serious about time
management by focusing, setting better priorities and overcoming
procrastination. They intend to get serious about time management
sometime, but unfortunately, "the road to hell is paved with good
The key to motivation is "motive."
For you to develop sufficient desire to develop time management and
organizational skills, you must be intensely motivated by the benefits
you feel you will enjoy. You must want the results badly enough to
overcome the natural inertia that keeps you doing things the same old
If everyone agrees that excellent time management is a desirable
skill, why is it that so few people can be described as "well organized, effective and efficient?" Over the years, I have found that many people have ideas about time management that are simply not true.
But if you believe something to be true, it becomes true for you. Your
beliefs cause you to see yourself and the world, and your relationship
to time management, in a particular way. If you have negative beliefs
in any area, these beliefs will affect your thinking and actions, and
will eventually become your reality. "You are not what you think you are, but what you think, you are."
The first myth of time management, or negative belief, is that if you
are too well organized, you become cold, calculating and unemotional.
If you are extremely effective and efficient, some people feel that
they will lose their spontaneity and freedom. They will become unable
to "go with the flow," to express themselves openly and honestly.
People think that managing your time well makes you too rigid and inflexible.
This turns out not to be true at all. Many people hide behind this
false idea and use it as an excuse for not disciplining themselves the way they know they should. The fact is that people who are disorganized are not spontaneous; they are merely confused, and often frantic.
Often they suffer a good deal of stress. It turns out that the better
organized you are, the more time and opportunity you have to be truly
relaxed, truly spontaneous, and truly happy. You have a much greater
internal locus of control.
Here is the key: Structure and organize everything that you possibly can. Think ahead, plan for contingencies, prepare thoroughly, and focus on specific results. Only then can you be completely relaxed and spontaneous when the situation changes.
The better organized you are in the factors that are under your control, the greater freedom and flexibility you have to quickly make changes whenever they are necessary.
Edited by: Lawyer Asad