Time Management and Goal Setting
There are basically two types of people found on the job that successfully get thngs done.
The first type of corporate workers would be those who always find sufficient and ample time to easily do things that should be done.
The second type of workers would be those who are always cramming to complete tasks or work things out at the last minute.
A thorough analysis of the situations of the two types of workers would certainly lead you to believe that the two differ from each other through their goal setting and time management practices.
Time management is critical to people in the workplace who are most often bombarded by heavy work loads of different tasks.
Effective time management is necessary so people can easily and effectively meet targets and beat deadlines.
Also note that efficient and effective time management would have to entail effective goal setting practices.
Therefore, getting things done effectively and in timely fashion, depends on our developing both the skills of Goal setting and Time management.
I loved Stephen Covey’s ideas in his “Seven Habits” concepts. We must do the right things before we can do things right.
Goal setting and time management are really two different concepts, but they are practically inter-related and inter-twined.
Time management would not be effective and achievable without goal setting.
Goal setting, for its part, needs effective time management skills for it to be successfully achieved.
Remember, when managing your time, the first thing you should attend to would be assessing or setting out your list of priorities.
It would be difficult for anyone to set priorities without first setting goals. Priorities should be given primary and foremost focus and attention. The same goes for your important goals.
Priorities and goals are almost the same in a way that both are the ultimate targets and aims of each individual. It may seem that we are just using semantics here, but there is a subtle difference.
Here’s how they can work together.
1. Set specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely goals. Remember the acronym SMART to use as a checklist. Bear in mind your most important goals and arrange your schedule so that the achievement of your goals will be attained when these specific tasks are completed.
2. Determine the tasks or activities that absolutely need to be done or carried out in order to complete priorities and goals. When doing so, consider the time frame needed to perform the tasks. Deadlines to make it all flow and work together smoothly. They are not to be feared, deadlines are one of the most effective tools in your achievement arsenal.
3. When arranging your schedule, make sure that the set of activities related to attaining the goals would not conflict with any other important appointments or activities. Plan your schedule so no deadlines, appointments or important dates would be forgotten or missed out. Ensure a smooth work flow sheet of tasks.
4. Assess and evaluate yourself during your goal setting. Humbly and honestly determine your skills, talents, competency and capacity to realistically carry out your desired outcome or goals. Stay positive and encourage yourself always to do better. What you are doing is great already but improving in small increments every day will explode your productivity level.
Overall, focus intently on your goals and remember that the ‘tasks’ need to be done and completed on time, so your goals would be achieved also on time.
Make a note of any special knowledge or experience you will need to accomplish your goal and schedule it into your work flow sheet so you don’t run into any bottlenecks that slow you down during your program.
I’ve gone on and on again. Let’s wrap this up for now. Any thoughts or ideas on how you make it work with goal setting and time management? Feel free to let us know what you think.
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