Here comes the fourteen absolute principle of destiny fulfillment
MAKE GOOD USE OF YOUR TIME: 7 proven techniques to make an efficient use of your time
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. (Eccl 3:1.NIV)
I was always seeing Bob with a piece of paper. The paper was either in his shirt’ front pocket, or was laying somewhere at close reach. One day when I had insisted on seeing what was in the usual famous piece of paper, Bob handed it to me. It is then I discovered that it was a “to do” list. On it, Bob had listed all the activities he was to preform that day and allocated a set time for each. Then staring at me he said, “Time is money, and even more than money; time is life! If you want to be in control of your life, be in control of your time.”
Time is one of the greatest gifts God has given to man, even if we may be different with our talents and abilities, what finally makes the difference at the human level is the way we use the time God has given us.
10 soul searching THOUGHTS about TIME
Here are some interesting thoughts on time that I have gathered for you:
• Time is one of the greatest gifts God has given man.
• God is so good that he has given to every human being the same number of hours every day, which is twenty four hours.
• God has no favorite as far as time is concerned. He has not given to some people ten hours, to some fifteen hours, and to some twenty hours.
• Men may be different in their natural and spiritual gifts, but what finally makes the difference between them at the human level is the way they used the time God has given them.
I have also gathered these other thoughts from other authors:
• Any wasted second, wasted minute, wasted hour, wasted day, is wasted forever.
• A fool wastes and squanders money, but the greatest fool wastes and squanders time.
• A person, who squanders fifteen minutes per hour, would have squandered twenty- five years if she or he will have to live for a hundred years.
• God is a Master Planner, so all those who want to be like him must plan their time just as he plans his.
• Those who don’t plan their time have decided that time, events and circumstances are going to govern them.
• Those who don’t plan their time are planning to fail; those who plan their time are planning to succeed.
Everybody uses his time either consciously or unconsciously. One hour will automatically be spent, independently of the fact that we spend it consciously or unconsciously. Our future depends on the way we spend our present, therefore each man should consider the way he uses his time now.
SEVEN PROVEN TECHNIQUES TO USE YOUR TIME EFFECTIVELY
We learn to use our time more effectively by applying some wise time management techniques. Doing so will make us happier and more balanced so that we are less susceptible to stress and more able to achieve our goals.
1– GOAL SETTING
We have already discussed goal setting at length as the fourth absolute principle of destiny fulfillment, you can check it for reference, but I want to introduce you here to the three theories of goal setting.
The Locke-Latham theory. Dr. Edwin Locke published his theory on goal setting in 1968 in an article called “Toward a Theory of Task Motivation and Incentives.” His theory was that employees were motivated by having a goal to work towards and that reaching that goal improved work performance overall.
In goal setting, this is one method that has stood the test of time. Although there have been variations to what the acronym stands for over time, the main definition of a SMART goal is one that is: • Specific• Measurable• Attainable• Realistic• Timely.
Another method of goal setting is to start with the end result in mind and then plan backwards from that point to determine what you need to be doing each step along the way in order to achieve that goal. This is counter-intuitive to most goal-setting approaches. We usually start from where we are and then determine what we need to do first, second, third, etc. in order to get to the goal at some point in the future. But if you start at the end and then plan backwards, you can determine whether or not your plan is realistic in the time frame you are giving yourself. This process also helps you determine what the milestones are and any dependencies that have to be completed before other steps can be worked on.
Prioritization is the ability to make the best, most effective use of your time, ability, and resources. When you feel like work is never-ending and time is at a premium, prioritization is what will help you spend your time wisely and move forward on the goals that are the most important. At its simplest level, prioritizing is straightforward. You simply determine the criteria that are most important to you and most related to your goals and then you use those criteria to order the tasks that you have in front of you in terms of priority. In prioritizing we can use many tools. Among the tools listed below Choose the one that best fits you.
A) Priority- scale, B) The Urgent/Important Matrix c) To–do list
3– AVOIDING PROCRASTINATION
Avoiding procrastination is also a serious way to manage your time, because procrastination is a dangerous time-waster. It causes many more headaches than it effect cures. It is easy to put off the unpleasant, difficult and time-consuming tasks. It is relatively easy to come up with many excuses for putting things off. We don’t have the time right now. We’ll get around to it later. We want to sleep on it first. There is plenty of time to do that this weekend. Because of the great time killing power of procrastination, we will discuss it at length later in this book. Let us consider the next technique which is,
The technique of Scheduling, is simply allocating the amount of time you want to use for any particular task or activity. You live in a world where there is always something competing for your attention and your time. For you to be able to fit in the things that are important to your job and to you, a schedule is a vital tool. It allows you to block out segments of time and assign them to a specific activity. Scheduling is actually a form of organization. The first step in scheduling is to start with a ‘master schedule.’ This is a listing of the days of the week and the hours available in that week, as well as the requirements that are fixed in your schedule. You can schedule in short, medium, and long-term time frames. Scheduling for a day for instance will mean that you list the activities you want to do within the day, and out of the 24 hours of the day assign a portion of time to each activity. With the list of activities at your disposal, just assign a particular time to a particular task by order of importance. The nature and importance of a task will determine the quantity of time you allocate to it.
5- BEWARE OF TIME WASTERS
This technique believes that, prevention at times is better than cure. You have 86,400 seconds at your disposal every day. You decide how you will use those seconds. What really hinders time’s effectiveness are the Minute-wasters. The small things that creep into your day which eat up seconds, which turn into minutes, which turn into hours, which turn into days, ad infinitum. HERE ARE SOME TIME WATERS:
-Disorder ,for instance, the moment you are fully at work, and you are in need of a document, if you are unable to lay hands on it because you have not lined it up or it is missing, you waste time,
–Memory failure, You can avoid this by immediately writing down all necessary details that can be useful to you. Write them down on a sheet of paper or a book where you are sure of getting easily.
–Disturbance& Interruptions , we can be interrupted either by a colleague who needs information or someone who wants to spend a good time If you can identify those times that you cause your own interruptions, you can reclaim that time by simply disciplining yourself and others around you to eliminate the causes of those interruptions
– Dead times, the way to prevent dead time is to plan in advance on a time table at least at the eve of everyday and to prepare in advance what it takes to execute your work.
6 – FOLLOW YOUR PRODUCTIVITY CIRCLE
Authors who propose this technique argue that we are more productive at a certain period of the day than others. And those productive periods of the day are what they call ‘productivity circle’. Productivity circle is mostly encouraged by what is called Pareto principle. “The Pareto Principle” also called the 80:20 rule affirms that of all the results that we produce in the day, 80 percent of those results are generated with 20 percent of our efforts. “The remaining 80 percent of our efforts only generate 20 percent of our results.” Productivity circle refers to the moment we can mostly use our 20 percent to produce our 80 percent result. Some people have more energy rising and feel stronger at some activities at night, others in the morning, still others within the day. Program your activities at the time you can produce most and better. That is all what is meant by using your productivity circle.
7- BEWARE OF TECHNOLOGY
Is technology a time saver or a time waster in your opinion? Technology can be an excellent way to save time and increase your effectiveness throughout the day. However, it can also be an information-overloading trap! Have you ever lost track of time when surfing the internet? It’s quite easy to lose hours a day on technology and gadgets! “Beware of the internet! It can be extremely useful, but also extremely wasteful! We can easily be carried away looking for information on the internet. Many of us sign up to a variety of newsletters and blogs. However, the result is usually information overload as well as a mailbox full of spam. Ask yourself before you sign up to ANY newsletter or feed if you really need the information offered. Do you have the time to read it? Do you want to spend your time clearing out your mailbox? Sean McPheat , in her book, successful time management, comments that Microsoft and the University of Illinois recently undertook a study that confirmed that Email use reduces productivity.
According to her, the subjects of the study took an average of 15 minutes to return to work after receiving an email, as rather than immediately returning to their task, they replied to other emails or used the internet. Another study across the US, UK, and Germany by Clearswift Limited also showed that 40% of employees spend more than one hour on personal email during work hours, every day. 50% of employees spend around 30 minutes each day, and the remaining 10% claim to have never used business email for personal matters. Technology and gadgets are time savers if used with a purpose.
God bless you