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Josie Whitehead

'Time is the most valuable coin in your life. You and you alone will determine how that coin will be spent. Be careful that you don’t let other people spend it for you.'  – John Dryden


Time management is a set of principles, practices, skills, tools and systems that help you use your time efficiently at work and for accomplishing goals.

Practical and strong time management skills are essential for setting priorities and using your energy and time in better ways. They are useful for your personal life and career success.

1      Time is a special resource that you cannot store or save for later use. Everyone has the exact same amount of time each day. Time not well used cannot be retrieved.

2      Most people, feel like they have too much to do and not enough time. They blame lack of time for their poor finances, stress, bad relationships, and for not exercising their body.  Good time management can help you find the time for the things you want and need to do.

3      You need time to get what you want out of life. If you wait for extra time to appear, you might lose the game of life. Through right time management, you can 'create' the time you need, and not just wait for it to come. By planning your time wisely, you will have more time to do more things.

4      These skill can help you set a due date to accomplish and complete tasks, prioritizing tasks, and planning your time for specific tasks. This will help you create life balance.

5      Setting goals, both short term and long terms goals, and working on them every day becomes easier.

6      The time is limited to 24 hours a day, so plan your life wisely.

7      Time management helps you make conscious choices, so you can spend more of your time doing things that are important and valuable to you.

8      You can learn to find the time for the things that are important to you. Even a small amount of time once a day, or even once a week, will take you closer to your goals, and you will be surprised at the progress you make.

9      You become more productive using improved time management skills and tools, and can accomplish more with less effort and time.

10      Life today, is full of so many distractions, and therefore, it is very easy to lose time on unimportant activities.

11     Life puts in front of everyone so many choices each day, and the question is, do you follow what appears on your way, or do you consciously choose what you want to do?  Do you allow external distractions to deter you from your goal, or do you use willpower and self discipline to walk toward your goal in a straight line, without wasting time and energy?

12    A certain degree of detachment and inner peace are useful in managing your time effectively.

I hope you find this article useful.  In the world of work you'll find that you will have to plan your time wisely.  As a teacher I had to make my lesson plans, planning every minute of my lessons:  time to recap on what students had learnt the lesson before, time to bring in new work and time to check that it had been understood.  The students would have to do homework also, which was their test that they'd understood what they'd been taught, and of course, all of this would be tested in the examinations at the end of the term/year.      Josie 

PS  Don't forget to add 'time for others who may need you in their lives' to your schedule.  This especially applies to grandparents who need time for love.

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