Time Management: 7 Ways To Take Control of Your Day

Perhaps one of the biggest reasons people fail to achieve their potential is that they don’t use their time wisely.

The problem is that when a day, an hour or a minute has passed, you can never get it back.

So the secret of success lies in what you do with every one of your minutes.

If you can manage your time effectively, you feel more in control of your life. It helps you feel more relaxed, maintains your energy levels and improves your performance.

It requires time and effort to change your time management habits, but the benefits you reap will last a lifetime.

Here are 7 ways in which you can change the way you think about time.

1. Stop inputting and start outputting: In the age of information overload, it’s easy to spend all your time absorbing new information and never acting on any of it. So here’s the reality. If you’re an information junkie, perhaps you need to go on an information diet! Limit the time and money you spend on acquiring new information and focus on taking action using what you already know.

2. Always remember why you are doing it: If you have set yourself clear objectives, it’s much easier to manage your time. You’ll be able to evaluate what you are doing on the basis of whether it helps meet your objectives. If you are spending time doing something that doesn’t move you toward your goal, you have to challenge yourself about why you are doing it.

3. Plan your day and stick to your plan: Planning is the foundation of time management. A minute spent planning Time is Moneycan easily save you an hour later on. The best way to schedule is to split large tasks into smaller steps. It feels wonderful when you are able to tick each step off at the end of the day and this is a great motivator.

4. Prioritize Your Time: Prioritizing is your ability to figure out which tasks are most important at a particular time and focus your attention, time and energy on them. This means recognizing the difference between ‘urgent’ and ‘important’.

  • Important activities are those that help us achieve our goals.
  • Urgent tasks seem to demand immediate attention but may relate to other people’s priorities more than our own.

So, before you decide something is urgent, make sure it fits with your own priorities.

5. Say No to yourself as well as to others: The truth is, no matter how efficient you are, you can’t do everything. So, before you get into doing the things on your ‘to-do’ list, consider whether they are really necessary. Sometimes it’s worth creating a ‘not-to-do’ list of things that aren’t really important. Another vital time management skill is learning to say no to others . This can sometimes be hard but saying yes when you want to say no will stress you out and send your time management totally out of focus.

6. Develop systems and processes: It’s very useful to be able to write out what you are doing in the form of a process. This not only helps you do something more efficiently, it also makes it easier to delegate the task to others. As Productivity expert William Edwards Deming said:

‘If you can’t describe what you’re doing as a process, you don’t know what you’re doing’.

7. Take care of yourself: If you are going to get results and still enjoy the lifestyle you want, you have to allocate time to doing things that you enjoy and looking after your own health and fitness. So, make sure you eat well, drink water, get plenty of sleep, relax, and take time off!


Limiting Beliefs and How to Change Them

There’s a little known secret that would help many more people achieve the success they are capable of.

That secret is that it’s possible to change your beliefs.

You may wonder why you would want to. They’re just thoughts after all, right?

Yes, beliefs are indeed thoughts, but they often determine our actions and reactions – and they have the power to hold us back from doing what will make us happy.

For example, if you have a belief that you don’t deserve to be successful, this could lead you to unconsciously sabotage any plans you make to improve your situation.

Or it could cause you to not try at all because you believe it would be a waste of your time and energy.

mindPerhaps a parental figure passed this ‘gem’ on to you, and you simply believe it without question. What might this type of belief do?

  • First, you may find yourself resisting any opportunities that come your way simply because you don’t believe that good things will happen to you.
  • You might also feel inclined to refuse any offers of help that come to you from other people, even if you really want help.
  • You might even go so far as to unconsciously create obstacles and difficulties along the way, just to ‘prove’ to yourself that your beliefs are true.

This may sound far-fetched, but the mind works in mysterious ways!

It’s amazing how easily we can trick ourselves into believing something, and how fiercely we will defend our beliefs when they are challenged – even by ourselves.

How do you know if you have unconscious beliefs that might be holding you back?

One simple way to find out is to grab a sheet of paper and a pen, and start writing statements like these:

  • ‘I deserve to be successful and happy.’
  • ‘I find it easy to make substantial amounts of money.’
  • ‘I encounter opportunities wherever I go.’
  • ‘I am ready to tackle any challenges that I may face.’
  • ‘I believe in my ability to create the success I desire.’

Then take a look at what you wrote and as you read each statement, pay attention to how you feel inside.

If any statement conflicts with one of your existing beliefs, you will feel a twinge of guilt or fear inside. It may be subtle, but if you pay close enough attention you will feel it.

Those are the beliefs you need to work on changing if you want to make any progress.

How do you change existing beliefs? You replace them with more empowering beliefs.

Let’s use this statement as an example: ‘I am ready to tackle any challenges that I may face.’

If, when you read that statement to yourself, you feel uneasiness or dread, then you know you have a doubt about your ability to handle challenges.

Your job is now to convince yourself that you DO have the ability to handle challenges.

Think back to any challenges you have faced in your lifetime. How did you handle them? Did you buckle down and do what needed to be done, or did you cave under the pressure?

If you can recall even one challenge that you were able to handle and overcome, you have solid footing to change your belief!

You simply need to keep convincing yourself that if you handled one challenge successfully, you can handle others. The more frequently and passionately you can reinforce this concept in your mind, the more quickly your underlying belief will change.

Most often, we are capable of much more than we give ourselves credit for. You won’t know until you try.

After you handle even one small challenge, you will feel your confidence growing and you’ll be eager to take on more.

Remember that changing your beliefs is a process but if you keep at it, it won’t be long before you start to notice a big change in your attitude. And like so many other things in life, the more you practice the technique, the better you’ll get at it.

How to Stop Self-Sabotage Getting In the Way of What You Want

Have you ever done something that caused big problems for you and seemed to be in direct opposition to what you thought you wanted?

Like consistently shown up late for work even though your boss warned that you were treading on thin ice?

Or perhaps eating junk food even though you were trying to lose weight and get in shape?

worriedWhy do we do these things? You would think that setting a goal and creating a plan would be enough to get us where we want to go, right? Not necessarily.

There are many possible reasons why we ‘sabotage’ our own success but they most often involve a fear or an ingrained habit.

Take a look at these behaviors and ask yourself whether they have ever derailed your plans:

If you’ve ever found yourself holding back on doing something even though you kept telling yourself you really wanted to do it, you were procrastinating.

Maybe you felt drawn to watch endless hours of television or felt compelled to suddenly clean out your basement so you wouldn’t have to work on your goals.

Believe it or not, procrastination usually has little to do with laziness and more to do with avoidance. Most often, you are trying to avoid an underlying fear or resistance that you don’t feel ready to handle.

Another way we hold ourselves back is by waiting until we feel everything is just right before we take action. The problem is that this time never arrives or else, by the time we feel ready to do something, we’ve missed the opportunity. So we need to learn to identify the right time to take action so that we can make the progress we want.

Ingrained Habits
No matter how fired up you are about your goals, your old, ingrained habits can seem as solid as concrete. If we try to change those comfortable old routines, we feel nervous and out of place.

So, in order to become comfortable with new habits, we need to stick with them long enough so that they become second nature. It may need a bit of focus and willpower but eventually the new ways will become as solid as concrete too.

Learning to Recognize the Signs of Self-sabotage
The greatest gift you can give yourself is self-awareness. The unconscious nature of self-sabotage is what makes it so difficult to recognize. But with enough honest introspection, you will begin to understand yourself better.

When you do, you will be able to tell when you are working in opposition to your goals. You’ll be able to tell when you feel fearful and hesitant about stepping out of your comfort zones. You’ll recognize avoidance behaviors and take steps to turn them around immediately.

You may think it sounds too easy, but it really is simple.

You just have to be willing to pay attention, overcome fear and continue along the path to success – no matter what it takes.


The 5 Steps to Getting What You Want

You know, there’s a reason why only a handful of people manage to get what they want in life – while most of the rest really struggle.

It’s all about having the mindset for success.

Now I know that sounds like psychobabble but the truth is that making a few small changes to the way you think, how you work and the way you communicate with others can make a huge difference.

If you follow these five steps, you’ll be well on the way to creating the right mindset for success.

1. Set a Clear Outcome
If you go on a journey, the first thing you need to know is where you are headed. Yet, in life, most people don’t have a clear idea of where they want to go, so it’s not surprising that so many fail.

Without clarity you lack direction; it becomes hard to make decisions, and your results end up being average at best.

2. Take Action
While it’s important to aim high in setting your vision, it’s best to start with small steps. Too many people fail to get anywhere with their plans because they don’t take the crucial first step. That means you need to start by breaking your goals down into maller, more manageable actions.
3. Stay Focused on Your Goal
Studies suggest that your mind works on bringing into reality whatever you are focused on. It’s a bit like your mind having its own search engine which automatically picks up ideas and opportunities to help you get what you are thinking about. This works very well if your attention is all focused on what you want. But if you’re not clear what you want – or you spend your time thinking about what you don’t want – you’ll end up with unsatisfactory results.

4. Encourage and Respond to Feedback
When you’ve taken your first step, you’re going to get the most useful thing of all – feedback from others. Feedback won’t always be what you expect or what you want but it’s important to remember that, when you are moving towards your goals, there is no such thing as failure. Thomas Edison regarded every one of his thousands of ‘failed’ attempts to make the light bulb viable as being successful – because each one helped him move closer to his goal in some way.

5. Believe in Success
Whenever you set out to do something, you will always end up with one of two things:

  • The result you wanted.
  • An excuse for why you haven’t got it.

People who come up with reasons or excuses for something not happening usually see themselves as not having any control over the outcome. Successful people on the other hand accept responsibility for whatever situation they are in and seek to change it.

The choice you need to make is whether to be one of the people who gets results or one who has many excuses for not getting them. The good news is that whichever one you choose, you will be right – as you will always get what you want.


How to Take Control of Your Time … and Your Life!

The more you focus on using your time more effectively, the stronger you will feel – and the stronger you feel, the more in control you will be.

So follow these 7 steps for putting your chaotic life behind you and developing a sense of getting things done.

Step 1: Harness the Power of Calm

Sometimes, it seems like the busier you are, the less time you have to complete everything on your to-do list. That’s because your mind tends to race when you’ve got a lot going on. So to break that habit, try just sitting quietly for a while and releasing troublesome thoughts. Call it ‘meditation’ and add relaxing music if you want but that’s all there is to it.

Step 2: Simplify Your Life

The busier you are, the more it seems as though energy is being drained from your body. But, if you can simplify your life, you’ll find your energy and focus gradually returning. The two keys to this are eliminating:

  • Physical clutter and trash from your surroundings.
  • Emotional burdens such as unhealthy relationships, unresolved issues, long-held grudges, old limiting beliefs, and much more.

Step 3: Lighten Your Load

Whatever responsibilities are weighing you down and eating up too much time, the easiest way to lighten your load immediately is to ask for help. Most often when you do, other people will be glad to pitch in. They may not realize you need help if you don’t say anything!

Step 4: Beat Procrastination

Procrastination can sometimes be just an annoying habit but it can destroy your life if you let it, causing financial difficulties, relationship problems, health crises, and more.Time is Money

There are many causes for procrastination but here are three common ones:

  • Believing a task will ‘take too long’, so you keep putting it off until you have more time.
  • Believing a task will be too difficult, so you keep putting it off until you feel ready to handle it.
  • Waiting for a ‘better time’ to tackle a task, such as waiting until you have less demands on your time.

The best way to deal with all three of these procrastination habits is to do a little each day!

Here’s how I resist the procrastination urge…

I’ll set a timer for 15 minutes and promise myself that I can stop after that if I want to. Once the 15 minutes are up, however, I no longer feel the need to procrastinate. I’m making progress and feeling good about it.

Step 5: Overcome Confusion
If you’ve got a million things on your mind and you’re trying to remember them all at once, it’s easy to feel a rampant sense of confusion. But most of us tend to jump into each task without thinking through everything that needs to be done. To help you keep it all together much more easily, try to plan ahead of time. Just a few minutes of preparation goes a long way toward reducing stress.

Step 6: Preventing Stress
One of the most powerful ways to prevent stress from even getting started is simply to get enough sleep! Experiment to determine your optimal amount of sleep – and then stick to it!

Step 7: The Power of Saying ‘No’
Most of us want to help others, whether we’re volunteering our time at a charitable organization or being supportive to our friends and family. But sometimes our good intentions can get the best of us. You have every right to help when you can and refuse when you can’t! And you don’t have to explain why or justify your decision. Surprisingly, most people won’t freak out over your refusal. Ultimately, what is more important to you: keeping them happy or keeping your sanity?

Remember, no matter how hard you try, you really can’t ‘manage time’. It’s all about managing yourself, and what you do with your time.

For now, I’m wishing you a calm, un-chaotic life.


Motivation for Goal Setting from Zig Ziglar

Do you really need to have goals if you want to be successful?

That’s what the motivational gurus say yet some people try it and get nowhere.

So what’s the scientific evidence?

In this short video clip, Zig Ziglar talks about the science of goal setting.

To be honest, I found his style a bit over-the-top and irritating at first.

But I gradually realized why he has become such a recognized expert in the field of motivation and personal development.

He has that great ability to be memorable, motivational and educational all at one time.

In this video, he talks about the importance of goals and proves why they matter.

Goals, he says, create excitement and drive that lead to action.

Logic will not drive change but action will.

But, he says, don’t confuse activity with accomplishment. You can be busy all the time but still going nowhere if you’re not working towards a goal.

The importance of goals is proven in many scientific experiments and, in this video, Ziglar explains some of them.