Why a Focus On Time Management Will Keep You Busy For Life
In this article ‘why a focus on time management will keep you busy for life’ my aim is to provide an alternative focal point and framing towards time, that I believe is essential in order to be proactive and truly productive with the time you have.
In my work over the years helping people look after their health and, well-being as well as improve performance, be that at work or in sport, one thing has become clear and that is that an effective approach to time is needed, if we wish to have any hope of getting the important stuff done (without sacrificing our health and well-being that is).
I will briefly cover some challenges with a focus on the management of time, along with an alternative focus, that I have found to be more successful as a first step in reducing the pressure and overwhelm we commonly face with our time.
So to start if we look at a definition of time management, a common definition, such as this one from the Oxford dictionary defines time management as: ‘The ability to use one's time effectively or productively, especially at work’. If we think about time, we all have 24 hours in a day, 168 hours a week, so it is more a case of managing what we do with the time we have, as the time in any given day is fixed. So my suggestion is a total shift in thinking, or the way you approach time. I would suggest a total shift towards the activities we fill our days/ time with to be the focal point as a start point. I like to use the term prioritisation for this view, which is approaching time from a different angle than time management. For example with the fixed time you have for the day, Consider what activities fill up that time you have and which activities take priority and how much of my time is allocated to each activity. Along with time how you choose to allocate your energy and attention is in this mix as well.
When we consider we all have many commitments and responsibilities in our lives, which is compounded by the multitude of other potential pulls on our time, added to which we will likely have an abundance of potential distractions around us, I would suggest that only a method of prioritisation of the activities we do is going to be effective, as methods of managing too much stuff, being more efficient, getting more things done, without any overall strategic approach, will just mean you are as busy as you ever were, you just got better at fitting more tasks in there, the value of those activities tends to be more random and as a rule such approaches tend not add more to your overall stress loads and likely not support recovery or well-being that well.
By definition if we prioritise, then we need a reference point to give some context to determine what is done and what is pushed back or not done at all. I will start covering this topic in my Free Report , for now use a simple question of: Is this activity/ request of my time and energy serving that which is important to me or not? Or is this activity/ request of my time and energy supporting me, or detrimental to me? All this will be relative as well there will be many interlinking areas of importance to you. For this first step the aim is to shift focus and question what you habitually do, or say yes to and give you the opportunity to make fresh choices that better support you. Work with what you have right now and build on that. These questions on their own could start reducing some of the clutter in your week as well as likely highlight some patterns in how you have been using your time to this point .So in summary:
1. Re-frame the focus from management of time, to a prioritisation of the activities you do, and what you don’t do, with the time you have, be that in a day, week, month, year.
2. Get in the habit of proactively challenging yourself as to what you are doing with your time and how this supports what is important to you. Asking the questions: Is this activity/ request of my time and energy serving that which is important to me or not? Or is this activity/ request of my time and energy supporting me, or detrimental to me?
An approach of leading your diary rather than your diary leading you is possible even with the busiest of people, I have helped people achieve this many times. In fact it’s the busiest people that need and would most benefit from such an approach.
The next step I would recommend is to click here to gain instant free access of my free report relating to this topic: High Performance Approach to Help Busy Driven People to Be Smarter with Time. Which will build on this topic further.
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About the author, Shaun Mckeown: could be labeled as a performance strategist, or coach, or a life balance specialist. In essence Shaun is a strategic, creative problem solver, with a holistic view. He has over 15 years professional experience helping people with health, well-being, sport performance, reducing stress and life balance. He has a BSc.(Hons) degree in Sport and Exercise Science, as well as experience coaching and teaching in exercise conditioning, holistic lifestyle and nutrition, sport performance and Reiki. So has both science and holistic perspectives.
The information contained above is provided for information purposes only. The contents of this article are not intended to amount to advice and you should not rely on any of the contents of this article. Professional advice should be obtained before taking or refraining from taking any action as a result of the contents of this article. Shaun Mckeown, disclaims all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance placed on any of the contents of this article.
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