Time Management Skills
What Time Management Skills do you need to help you feel like you have more hours in the day?
We believe there are 4 core time management skills you need to develop. These skills are like a foundation. There are other tools and techniques that you will use depending on your personal style and preferences.
We strongly advocate that you need to create your ouw system or structure that suits YOU. What is best for you may be very different from what suits your friend, your boss or your parents!
Here are What we believe are the 4 core time management skills:
Remember to check out the rest of the time management skills. Go to the overview of the core time management skills.
1. A mindset of Self-Management not Time Management
2. Use a structure
3. Whole in ONE
4. Use a trigger
Interesting, I hear you say (well that is what most people tell me when I list these core skills.) And then they ask what do these have to do with time management?
Great question. Let's look in some detail as to how these skills help you create more time.
My coaching experience has made one thing very clear every really effective person has some form of structure. By structure I mean a way that you look at a block of time. Usually this is a week, though it can be a month, a day, a quarter or a year depending on your style and your role (note: I discourage anything less than a week).
The structure gives you a sense capacity. It also involves more of the senses as it can involve kinaesthetic, verbal and visual.
Structure allows you to gain a sense of control and also INCREASES flexibility. One of my clients said I was very reluctant at first. I thought the structure would be very rigid, but I found the structure actually gave me more flexibility.
So what do I mean by structure?
The best way to understand this is to try it. Print a blank week from Outlook, preferably 1 week to 1 page, landscape, with the days top-to-bottom.
Now think about what your ideal week would look like. This may take some time and some thinking. Your ideal week includes ALL aspects of your life.
What hours would you work?
When would you see your family and friends?
When would you exercise?
When would you get up and go to bed?
Fill it in -- that's the basis of your structure.
Next you merge the ideal week in to your real week!!!
My daughter is learning an instrument. Recently she has not been practising. At the moment her strategy is to fit it in around the other commitments she has (homework, sport, friends etc..). Does it surprise you that she doesn't get to do much practise. She really does love her music, but it still doesn't happen often enough.
Are there things or people in your life that you treat life music practise?
My daughter is now trying the weekly structure approach. In just a short time there has been a huge difference. Why? Because on Monday morning, Tuesday evening and Thursday evening she knows she has music practise!
Remember to check out the rest of core skills to improve time management. Go to the overview of the core time management skills.
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