Time Management – Schedule Time Every Day To Carry Out Your Goal Specific Priorities
We are nearing the middle of the year. How are you doing with the goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the year? Remember what Anthony Robbins said, “We often overestimate what we can achieve in a year and significantly underestimate all we can achieve in a decade”. If you are not achieving all the goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the year, it is most certainly not time to give up, it is time to take a longer term view of your goals. Keep chipping away every day, stay focused, review the actions you are taking, are they delivering the results you want? If not then have the courage to revise and improve your daily actions and routines.
You are most certainly not alone, if you are feeling a little disappointed about your results to date. Turning goal setting into goal achieving is an art and the result of developing a success habit set, which supports your goal achieving endeavours. If your daily actions and routines do not support you on your journey towards achieving any goal, you will continue to spin your wheels and remain frustrated with your progress, come the end of the year. I want to give you a few crucial tips, which will help you to develop a new success habit set that will support your efforts towards achieving some or all of your goals this year.
The first thing you need to learn is to win the war against is urgency. If you are spending most of your day chasing after your own tail, unable to focus on your priorities, it is impossible for you to take the actions you need to take, towards achieving your goals. Wrestle back control of your life today and introduce a new daily routine, where you plan your day the night before. This simple shift, will immediately empower you to control your day rather than, allowing your day to control you.
When you plan your day the night before, you wake up every day with a clear plan of what you will achieve and clearly defined time slots, when you will achieve it. When you are planning your day the night before, set aside time every day to work on your goal specific priorities. I call this time “Meetings with My future” This small shift, where you create a new habit set, which forces you to plan your day and schedule time to carry out your goal priorities for the day, will equip you for success.
When you are living in a modality of constant overwhelm and urgency, you are constantly distracted. Your attention is focused on putting fires out, instead of carrying out goal achievement activities. Your challenge and the reason you have reached the middle of the year, having achieved very little, in terms of your goals. Is not due to time starvation, it is simply that you have not scheduled time in your day to carry out your priorities. You are in essence allowing what appear to be urgent tasks, to crowd out your goal priorities, because you are not in control of your time.
Yes, we do encounter deadlines and fires we need to put out on occasion. But if fires and crisis are the norm in your life, it is time to assess how you are running things in your life and business. Are you so lost in the wormhole of crisis management that you have lost sight of the big picture? If this is how you feel, it is most certainly time for you to take a four day break, as soon as possible to re-assess, how you are doing things. When you wrestle back control and your routines and your habits support your success. You empower yourself to be the steward of your day and you ensure that you schedule time for and you carry out your goal specific priorities every day.
Urgent things will still beg for your attention, time and energy, but you will have the understanding that although your goal achievement activities do not make the same strict demands on you. They are crucial to our success and must be given, the priority they deserve every day. If you keep doing things the way you have done them in the past, you will most certainly, keep getting the same results. If you want to see better results towards achieving your goals by the end of the year, then immediately stop allowing urgent tasks to stop you from carrying out your daily goal priorities. The challenge you face is that your goal specific priorities do not place such strict demands on you, so you assign them a lower priority every day. As long as you continue to allocate a low priority toward carrying out your goal specific priorities each day, you will continue to blunder through life, never achieving any of your goals and dreams.
Make the crucial decision today that you will no longer put your crucial goal achieving priorities on the backburner. Those import issues, which demand your immediate attention, are in most cases, not your urgent issues, but someone else’s urgent issue and can in most cases wait for an hour, while you “Meet Your Future” and carry out your goal specific priorities. When you adopt this new daily routine or habit of carrying out your goal specific priorities every day, during your “Meeting With Your Future”, you will astound yourself with how many of your goals you will manage to achieve before the end of this year.
If you had an urgent matter come up at the office, but you had a meeting with your most important client. You would in most cases, unless it was a life and death matter, still make the meeting wouldn’t you? Then why do you constantly cancel or postpone, a far more important meeting every day, namely the time you set aside to transform your life or rather to carry out your goal specific activities, at the drop of a hat? Take back control and do not allow anything short of a life and death situation to allow you to cancel a “Meeting With Your Future” Free yourself from the tyranny of bending to the will of those, urgent tasks. You are in charge of your future, stop acting like an absenteeism landlord over how things will turn out and actually carry out your goal specific priorities every day.
Author: Andrew Horton Time Management