Goal Setting and Time Management

What do goal settings have to do with time management?

When you have determined where you want your life to be in one year, or five, or even 20 then it will have an impact on what you do TODAY.

A person who dreams of being a doctor will not have much success obtaining that goal if they don’t first make the time to fit studying and school into their schedule today.

Many long term goals will have short term goals that lead to them.

Not only does this make practical sense but it also helps you from becoming overwhelmed or loosing sight of your goals.

If you are trying to manage your time it is because you recognize that there is a limited supply and it is all valuable.

While responsibilities at work and home may be what dictates how you plan your day than shouldn’t most of this time work in harmony with your goals?

This may mean some big changes or it may just mean adjusting some things in your routine.

When you start planning your time with a goal in mind it is easier to appreciate the benefits of what you are doing and prevents you from getting caught up in time wasters.

These are activities that use up your time but are ultimately unprofitable either in money or your personal life.

Choosing Goals Wisely
Choosing Goals Wisely

If you are currently making $5/hour and can’t cover your bills you may decide that your goal needs to be making more money.

Take some time to figure out exactly what you would like to be doing with your life.

Understand that this may mean spending time getting an education rather than taking on another low paying job.

This may fill your financial needs but it will keep you in a cycle of working endless hours to make the money you need.

Or maybe you will find your work time is eating into the time you want to spend with your family.

Your family will grow and move away so what you do to make more time for them is important NOW.

Identifying these goals will help you make decisions to make better use of your time.

Setting Long Term Goals
Setting Long Term Goals

Before you say “my goal is to retire to the Caribbean” it is important to take stock and analyze your situation from a different perspective.

While you may truly be able to retire to the Caribbean then HOW will you do that?

Get a new job?

Get a higher income?

Have less responsibilities?

Long term goals are excellent motivators.

They help you see beyond today’s work and remind you that there is a greater purpose for the time you are spending today.

If you find a task tedious then you should think about how doing it fits into your goals.

Making your daily tasks become choices can ease some of the burden because we are in control of our day rather than having it control us.

Besides, if we realize many of the time consuming activities we do have no bearing on reaching our goals perhaps we have to take them out or at least reduce the time we spend on them.

Your long term goal may be to spend more time with your family.

Make your goal specific and give it a date to be accomplished.

Perhaps you determine to work part time.

Write down the date this will take effect and put it on your calendar.

It may be that you anticipate it will take two years to achieve this goal.

Pick a date and put it where you can see it every day.

Now you must set short term goals…

Setting Short Term Goals
Setting Short Term Goals

Your short term goals will relate to your long term goal.

Continuing with our illustration of working part time you may decide that you must first complete certain projects you have already committed to.

You will also need to be more selective about what assignments you can handle or need to ask for an assistant so you can focus on the main business and get help with minor tasks.

You may set a date to stop working overtime.

You may set a date to ask for contract work instead of salary.

You should plan activities that are spent with family and no work interruptions.

Whatever your goals are they should be clear steps to achieving your long term goal.

That is spending more time with your family.

These short term goals will help you measure your progress towards your long term goal.

They will shape how you plan your time and clarify the VALUE of your time.

Make your goals specific and give them a date to be completed.

6 Steps to Creating Achievable Goals:
Achievable Goals

With every goal you must follow these 6 P’s:

Prioritize: You may have several goals but prioritize them on your list.

Positive: Use positive language such as, “I will …”, “I’ll be…”, “I’ll have…”

Precise: Be precise like “I will have supper with my family three nights a week” rather than “I will be home earlier”

Performance: Measure your performance by setting a time for starting and completing your goal. “April 1 – I will be home at 5:30 three nights this week”

Practical: Make your goals practical. Do you have the control to make this work or do you rely on other people to meet your goal?

Personal: Is this goal a personal goal or someone else’s desire for you?

Time management is easier when you can motivate yourself and judge the value of your time.

If your goals are based on someone else’s desires such as, your significant other wants you to work in a steady job but you want to be self-employed than you will find it difficult to manage your time due to lack of motivation.

Creating an Action Plan
time management

Your action plan will have a great deal to do with your day to day scheduling.

Now that you have made yourself conscious of where you are headed (long term goal) and have set up guide posts (short term goals) this will mean starting an action plan to get your time on track.

Use your short term goals to implement your action plan.

If you are not making radical changes but are just trying to take the stress out of your day.

You will find the time you took to think about your goals may be enough to keep your priorities in order.

If you find that you need to refocus on your goals, then you will need to give each short term goal a date to start or complete by writing it down.

Within the time frame of the goal you must write down the actions that need to be taken to realize that goal.

If you have discovered from the exercises above that you need to hire an assistant this may mean putting out an ad, reviewing resumes, conducting interviews, hiring and training.

Each task must be assigned a time to complete.

The action plan combined with a focus on goals will help you appreciate the overall effects of valuing your time.

In this example you will realize that even though you may need to use MORE time this month by interviewing and training an assistant

Than your GOAL to spend less time on minor tasks is being accomplished.

At this point your time is valued comparative to your goal.

In a month you will be spending less time with minor matters even if it requires more work at the early stage.

My next blog will be on time management techniques

Read my latest blog on The Dos and Don’ts of Smart Goal Setting

If you need more help here is Wikihow on How to Set Goals and Achieve Them

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Maria Barina is a mother and grandmother who worked for the NYC Board of Education as Laboratory Specialist Bio/GS for 26yrs till the age of 56. Her husband, after 37 of marriage, passed away from Lung Cancer. She came to myEmpirePRO to seek guidance on how to get freedom that an online business can provide. Freedom to her is being able to do what she wants, when she wants to and to show others they can do the same to. Since she done that she is able to do this by working anywhere she goes and became a mobile-prenuer

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