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The Key to How to Live a Better Life

Jun 8, 2008
Time management is basically about being focused. The Pareto Principle also known as the '80:20 Rule' states that 80% of efforts that are not time managed or not centered produces only 20% of the desired output. However, 80% of the desired output can be generated using only 20% of a well time managed effort. Although the ratio '80:20' is only arbitrary, it is used to put emphasis on how much is lost or how much benefit comes with time management.

Some people look at time management as a list of must do's that involves arranging appointments, goal setting, thorough planning, creating things to do lists and prioritizing. These are the fundamentals of time management that should be understood to develop a proficient personal time management skill. These simple skills can be fine-tuned further to include the finer points of each skill that can give you that extra reserve to achieve the outcome you desire.

But there is more skills involved in time management than the simple fundamentals. Abilities such as decision making, natural abilities such as emotional intelligence and vital thinking are also essential to your personal advancement.

Personal time management involves everything you do. No matter how huge or small, everything counts. Each new fact you acquire, each new advice you consider, each new ability you acquire should be taken and reflected on.

Having a balanced life-style should be the key outcome in utilizing proper personal time management. This is the key aspect that many practitioners of personal time management fail to see.

Time management has to do with getting results, not about being busy.

The six areas that personal time management works to improve in anyone's lives are physical, intellectual, social, career, emotional and spiritual.

The physical portion involves having a healthy body, less tension and fatigue.

The intellectual aspect involves learning and other mental advancement activities.

The social portion involves acquiring personal or intimate relations and being an active member of society.

The career aspect involves education and work.

The emotional aspect involves appropriate feelings and wants and projecting them.

The spiritual aspect involves a personal quest for meaning.

Meticulously planning and having a set of things to do list for every one of the key areas may not be very practical, but deciding which areas in your life are not being given enough attention is part of time management. Each aspect combined creates the whole you, if you are overlooking one area then you are overlooking an important part of yourself.

Personal time management should not be so overwhelming of a task. It is a very sensible and reasonable approach in solving problems big or small.

An efficient way of learning time management and improving your personal life is to follow several basic activities.

One of them is to review your goals whether it is immediate or long-term goals often.

A method of doing this is to keep a list that is always accessible to you.

Always identify which task is mandatory or not necessary in achieving your goals and which actions are helping you maintain a balanced life style.

Each and every one of us has a active time and a time when we slow down, these are our natural cycles. We should be able to identify when to do the more troublesome tasks when we are the sharpest.

Learning to say "No". You actually see this advice often. Heed it even if it involves saying the word to family or friends.

Pat yourself on the back or just reward yourself in any manner for a beneficial time management result.

Try and get the support from people around you who are actually benefiting from your energy put toward time management.

Don't put things off. Tend to the most important things immediately.

Have a positive out look and set yourself up for success. But be realistic in your approach in attaining your goals.

Have a record or journal of all your activities. This will assist you in putting things in their proper perspective.

These are the few steps you initially take in becoming a well rounded individual.

As they say, proper time management is the art and science of building a better life.

From the time you integrate, into your life, time management skills; you have opened several options that can provide a broad range of solutions to your personal advancement. It also generates more available opportunities.
About the Author
Dick Ingersoll is an eternal student, and is fired up to share what he is learning with others. He has pulled it all together for you at: Simple Goal Setting
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