As a new mom, I’ve suddenly been forced to become an expert at time management.
When my son was 3 months old, I decided my network marketing business wasn’t going to suit my needs, and I started an entirely new business online. I work from home with my son and our two dogs, who at times are more of a handful than our baby, and I’ve been able to build a successful business in a very short period of time.
It’s been quite a journey – I didn’t figure this all out over a week’s time. Little by little, I incorporated different strategies into my day which have made a huge difference in my productivity, my stress level, and my overall success.
In Jack Canfield’s book, The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be, he states that in order to become a success, we must take “100 percent responsibility” for our lives. What that means is that everything we experience -- our results, our achievements, our failures, our relationships, our income, our health, our debts, our feeling -- everything is a direct result of our actions or our inactions. We actually create or allow everything that happens to us. Instead of making excuses or blaming others for what happens, the book suggests that we instead ask ourselves, “How did I create or contribute to that? What did I say or not say? What did I do or not do to get that result? What should I do differently next time?”
This is the key to time management, because managing your time effectively requires that you take 100% responsibility for your life. You’re taking the actions -- or responding in a particular manner -- which puts the outcomes of your life into your own hands, and this essentially guarantees your success.
So let’s get into it. What I’ve done is I’ve gathered 20 ways to improve the time management in our lives, so that we’re taking control of our days and at the same time, taking control of our outcomes, and our success.
20 Key Points To Managing Your Time
1.) Be organized. Nothing destroys our time like disorganization and confusion. Our desks, computers, documents, files, pens, books, receipts -- everything needs to have its place where we can find it at a moment’s notice. This may mean investing in a file cabinet and a desk organizer, and spending some time organizing our computer documents into different folders. It’s actually been proven that a messy environment takes up productive mental energy, even if we’re not focusing on it at the time. It literally takes up mental real estate. I still struggle with this one, often!