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What are the Best Time Management Training Principles?

What are the best time management training principles?

What are the best time management training principles?

Your time is your ultimate resource.

  • If you lose your money, you can gain it back.
  • If you lose your health, you can gain it back.
  • If you lose your way, you can find your way back.

But you can never get your time back. It will never be today again.

Every day you are given 86,400 seconds. How you spend those seconds, will determine how your future turns out.

  • If you invest your time wisely, your future is certain.
  • If you don't invest your time wisely, your future is certainly going to be difficult.

Time management is about the best, most efficient use of your time.

Best Time Management Training Principles

What are the proper principles governing effective time management?

There are many time management principles, but not all of them are equal. Some are more important than others. Here are the most important time management principles:

  1. Goal focused mind.
  2. Prioritisation.
  3. Planning.
  4. List making.
  5. Beat procrastination.
  6. Before you start another: Finish the job you are on.

1. Time management principle: Goal focused mind

To be successful you must achieve your goals. And to achieve your goals you must focus your mind on your goals. Therefore, a goal focused mentality is the number one requirement if you want to be successful. But many people are not goal focused. They have minds that drift off track. They have minds that are easily distracted.

Are you easily distracted?

Does your mind wander off track?
Do you sometimes forget what you came in for?
Do your meetings drift off topic?
Don't do that!

Keep your mind on the job. Be a goal focused individual. Not a drifter.

Develop a "laser sighted", goal focused mentality.

Set goals that are clear and distinct, and then focus your mind and your will on how to achieve them.

2. Time management principle: Prioritisation

Goals are the first thing on the list; Prioritisation is the second. Prioritisation is the second because not all things can be done at the same time. Some goals must take precedence over others. Some things are more important than others. You need to work out, clearly in your own mind, what is most important, what is second; what is third? etcetera.

Don't do trivial things when there are more important things to do.

You must always have a good feeling for the answer to this question.

"What is the most valuable use of my time, right now?"

Good time managers are always engaged on the most valuable task.

Poor time managers are always engaged on the easiest task.

3. Time management principle: Planning

Let us assume you have goals and they have been put into an order of importance. You know what you must do and in what order.

Now you need a plan. How do you intend to achieve your goals?

What skills do you need to learn? What money do you need to acquire. What resources? What people? You need to figure out a detailed written plan of action. Do it in writing. Do it in detail. Plan ahead.

Plan ahead. Don't wing it.

Some people don't plan.
Some people make it up as they go along.
Do you have a detailed plan?
Plan everything in advance of the event.
Do it in detail.
Do it in writing.

4. Time management principle: List making

Become an incessant list maker. At all times carry a pen and paper with you. Make lists of people to call. Make lists of things to do. Make lists of ideas that occur to you. Make lists of everything you need to remember.

Work to lists.
Don't rely on your unaided memory.
Do you ever forget to do things?
Of course you do. It's because you are not working to a written list.
Don't rely on your unaided memory. Work according to useful checklists.

5. Time management principle: Beat procrastination. Do it now

Even though you know what you should do, you might not be in the mood to do it now.
When you know you should do something, but you are not in the mood, do you still do it? Or not?
Do you procrastinate?

Procrastination is the habit of putting off what you know you should do, because you are not in the mood to do it.

  • Good Time managers never procrastinate. They don't let their moods manage their minds.
  • Good Time managers make their mind manage their moods.

A time managers says, "I should do X, I am not in the mood to do X, but I will do it anyway."

Don't procrastinate.
Make your mind dominate your mood.
Don't be a moody individual.
Mind over mood.

6. Time management principle: Before you start another: Finish the job you are on

If you start a job, make sure that you finish it.

Some people are poor starters. Other people are good starters, but poor finishers.

Some people start one book, read the first 65 pages, then stop reading and start another book, read the first 23 pages, then stop reading and start yet another book... And so on.
You know the type.

They have 100 projects on the go, at once, and they finish none of them. They are so busy managing the 100 projects but all 100 are behind schedule and not one of them has reached completion.
You know the type.

They pride themselves on their ability to multitask. But they don't finish anything. Because multitasking is another way of saying, that they are not able to concentrate on one thing. Instead they diffuse their efforts over too many things simultaneously and as a result, finish nothing.
You know the type.

Are you of that type?

Are you a person who takes on too many tasks and does not finish any one of them on time?

The reason is that you are not concentrating your efforts and finishing a smaller number of tasks. Instead, you are spreading yourself too thinly and failing to complete tasks due to a lack of concentrated power.

Don't weaken your results by a failure to concentrate upon one task at a time and continue with it until it is finished.

Be a finisher.

To the degree that it is possible for you, always strive to finish the job you're on, before you pick up another task.

The six best time management training principles

  1. Develop a Goal focused mind.
  2. Learn the art of prioritisation.
  3. Become obsessed with proper planning.
  4. Make a habit of making lists.
  5. Beat procrastination. Do the right thing today; even if you are not in the mood.
  6. Before you start another: Finish the job you are on.

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About the Author: Chris Farmer


Chris Farmer is the founder of the Corporate Coach Group and has many years’ experience in training leaders and managers, in both the public and private sectors, to achieve their organisational goals, especially during tough economic times. He is also well aware of the disciplines and problems associated with running a business.

Over the years, Chris has designed and delivered thousands of training programmes and has coached and motivated many management teams, groups and individuals. His training programmes are both structured and clear, designed to help delegates organise their thinking and, wherever necessary, to improve their techniques and skills.

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