Not Setting Personal Goals
2 of 10 Common Time Management Mistakes
Do you know where you’d like to be in six months? What about this time next year, or even 10 years from now? If not, it’s time to set some personal goals! Personal goal setting is essential to managing your time well, because goals give you a destination and vision to work toward. When you know where you want to go, you can manage your priorities, time, and resources to get there. Goals also help you decide what’s worth spending your time on, and what’s just a distraction. To learn how to set SMART, effective goals, read up on Locke’s Goal Setting Theory. Here, you’ll learn how to set clearly defined goals that will keep you motivated. You might also enjoy our Book Insight into “Long Fuse, Big Bang” by Eric Haseltine. This book teaches you how to focus on your long-term goals without overlooking your short term priorities.
Failing to Keep a To-Do List
1 of 10 Common Time Management Mistake
Have you experience nagging at yourself because you failed to send an email to someone scheduled today but you were not able to send it because you have forgotten it? If so, it maybe because you are not using a To-D0 List or you may not using yours effectively.
The trick with using To-Do Lists effectively lies in prioritizing the tasks on your list. Many people use an A – F coding system (A for high priority items, F for very low priorities). Alternatively, you can simplify this by using A through D, or by using numbers. If you have large projects on your list, then, unless you’re careful, the entries for these can be vague and ineffective. For instance, you may have written down “Start on budget proposal.” But what does this entail? The lack of specifics here might cause you to procrastinate, or miss key steps. So make sure that you break large tasks or projects down into specific, actionable steps – then you won’t overlook something important. You can also use Action Programs to manage your work when you have many large projects happening at once. (Action Programs are “industrial strength” versions of To-Do Lists.)
Source of this will be posted on my last entry for 10 Common Time Management Mistakes
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Are you efficient in managing your time? Did you know what pitfalls you must avoid in order to manage your time wisely. Most of us are exposed on how we can manage our time best, but do you think it is easy to spot the mistakes that we are doing?
Read along and I will identify it to you one by one……
Mistake #1. Failing to Keep a To-Do List
Mistake #2. Not Setting Personal Goals
Mistake #3. Not Prioritizing
Mistake #4. Failing to Manage Distractions
Mistake #5. Procrastination
Mistake #6. Taking on too Much
Mistake #7. Thriving on “Busy”
Mistake #8. Multitasking
Mistake #9. Not Taking Breaks
Mistake #10. Ineffectively Scheduling Tasks
The first time I came accross my source about these mistakes, I naturally agree on some proposition, but as human being, we are looking for justification. Some of the mistakes mentioned here may seem unbelievable. I certainly agree with you if you feel that way.
I will give an elaboration on each mistakes I mentioned in the coming days. I do not want to tire your eyes reading but I want to keep coming back to this blog to see what in store for you.
If its not scheduled, Don’t do it!!!
This is a very radical rule, I must say. But this will certainly keep one on track of his time.
According to my source, ” When something new comes up, whether its a request from someone or a new project or idea, before you say ‘Yes’ to yourself or others, look at your schedule and ask yourself, ‘Can I take this on right now?’
Upon reading this, do you see yourself as someone who does this or not? If you do this, what do you think are the benefits this idea can bring you? If you are not doing this, can you see this as one of the many reason which causes you delays, or may possibly cause you delay?
One reason, why I am writing this is give a chance to reflect on oneself. If you are someone who has no issue in tracking time, keeping schedule and being efficient and productive, then this post may not be for you.
There is just one request I hope you can do for me. If you knew someone whom you can help by sending a link of this blog, please feel free.
This blog will be happy many will see it.