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Time Management and Goal Achievement

When we were young kids it seemed like our sense of time just crawled along at a snail’s pace. This was great around summer time when we were out of school, but was a bit frustrating during the school year when we were anxiously awaiting the coming of summer. Somewhere along the line of our life’s journey something switched and all of the sudden our sense of time went into overdrive. We are left wondering where the time went as the days speed along through the weeks, the weeks into months, and the months into years. The time just seems to fly by, and there isn’t a darn thing we can do about it. There’s no slowing it down or stopping it.

Knowing that there is nothing we can do stop the march of time is common sense. What is important to keep in mind when we think about time, and what we can control, are the decisions we make each and every day about what we are going to do with our time. We can sit back and watch the television at night or we can do something else that will move us closer to the goals we have set for ourselves. Remember, the only way you are going to achieve the goals you set is to take action. As you are getting ready to do something ask yourself if that action is going to be moving you closer to achieving your goals.

In his book Timing Is Everything, Denis Waitley says “During the day, each time you are faced with a decision, ask yourself, does this action substantially help me toward achieving my goals?” We can’t expect that each and every action we do throughout our day is going to be focused on working towards our goals. There are plenty of other things in life that need to be attended to; however there may be activities that you do that are clearly time wasters. Watch yourself throughout the day to see just how many of your activities are time wasters that are taking up time that could be better used to work towards your goals. Maybe it’s watching too much television, or playing too many video games. Maybe it’s spending too much time playing facebook games. We all need some down time, but the key is making sure you have balance. And, make sure that all of your time isn’t being used up as “down time”.

If  you are going to achieve your goals you are going to have to get serious about controlling how you spend your time. Remember that you will want to be doing something every single day that is going to be moving you towards your goals. When I feel that “pull” to do an activity that is a time waster I ask myself “Have I done anything yet today that is leading me towards my goals?” If the answer to that question is “no” then I know I should put that time wasting activity aside for later and ask myself what I could be doing instead. In other words, I make sure the first things I choose to do are going to be activities that move me towards my goals. I’ll only allow myself to do the time wasting activity if I have first put in some “quality time” that is going to pay off in the long run by helping me reach my goals.

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