The Key To A Better Life
Copyright © Craig Warren
Time management is basically about being focused. The
Pareto Principle also known as the ’80:20 Rule’ states
that 80% of efforts that are not time managed or unfocused
generates only 20% of the desired output. However, 80% of
the desired output can be generated using only 20% of a
well time managed effort. Although the ratio ’80:20′ is
only arbitrary, it is used to put emphasis on how much is
lost or how much can be gained with time management.
Some people view time management as a list of rules that
involves scheduling of appointments, goal settings,
thorough planning, creating things to do lists and
prioritizing. These are the core basics of time management
that should be understood to develop an efficient personal
time management skill. These basic skills can be fine
tuned further to include the finer points of each skill
that can give you that extra reserve to make the results
But there is more skills involved in time management than
the core basics. Skills such as decision making, inherent
abilities such as emotional intelligence and critical
thinking are also essential to your personal growth.
Personal time management involves everything you do. No
matter how big and no matter how small, everything counts.
Each new knowledge you acquire, each new advice you
consider, each new skill you develop should be taken into
Having a balanced life-style should be the key result in
having personal time management. This is the main aspect
that many practitioners of personal time management fail
to grasp. Time management is about getting results, not
about being busy.
The six areas that personal time management seeks to
improve in anyone’s life are physical, intellectual,
social, career, emotional and spiritual.
The physical aspect involves having a healthy body, less
stress and fatigue.
The intellectual aspect involves learning and other
mental growth activities.
The social aspect involves developing personal or
intimate relations and being an active contributor to
The career aspect involves school and work.
The emotional aspect involves appropriate feelings and
desires and manifesting them.
The spiritual aspect involves a personal quest for
Thoroughly planning and having a set of things to do list
for each of the key areas may not be very practical, but
determining which area in your life is not being giving
enough attention is part of time management. Each area
creates the whole you, if you are ignoring one area then
you are ignoring an important part of yourself.
Personal time management should not be so daunting a task.
It’s a very sensible and reasonable approach in solving
problems big or small.
A great way of learning time management and improving
your personal life is to follow several basic activities.
One of them is to review your goals whether it be
immediate or long-term goals often.
A way to do this is to keep a list that is always
accessible to you.
Always determine which task is necessary or not necessary
in achieving your goals and which activities are helping
you maintain a balanced life style.
Each and everyone of us has a peek time and a time when
we slow down, these are our natural cycles. We should be
able to tell when to do the difficult tasks when we are
Learning to say “No”. You actually see this advice often.
Heed it even if it involves saying the word to family or
Pat yourself at the back or just reward yourself in any
manner for an effective time management result.
Try and get the cooperation from people around you who
are actually benefiting from your efforts of time
Don’t procrastinate. Attend to necessary things
Have a positive attitude and set yourself up for success.
But be realistic in your approach in achieving your goals.
Have a record or journal of all your activities. This
will help you get things in their proper perspective.
These are the few steps you initially take in becoming a
well rounded individual.
As the say personal time management is the art and
science of building a better life.
From the moment you integrate into your life time
management skills, you have opened several options that
can provide a broad spectrum of solutions to your
personal growth. It also creates more doors for
opportunities to knock on.
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