It’s About Managing Yourself, Not Time!

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Since I started schooling when I was like 5 years old (that was like 20 over years), I have to follow a set of routine by the school that will help me to progress and help me in my studies (provided I study…), so that I can go to the next level of studies. I hope I am talking to you also, because this is the routine that almost all the children are going through. And I have not realized that the school system has already taught us that, we are to manage ourselves and not the time, when I was read an article by David Allen; “It’s Not About Time. Tips for Managing Yourself” last year.

In the article, it stated that everybody have 24 hours, no more no less. What you need to do bringing you to your goal is how you manage yourself, instead of time. Well, I was in sales before, so I will usually call clients after lunch (that’s where they are not that busy), telling them what seminars are coming and updating them, etc.. Then suddenly, a close client came by and wanted to have tea with me, during the tea break he introduced me to his friend interested in a particular seminar, and I have to follow up with this new lead. What did I do? I follow up with the new lead with email, and past my time slot for calling clients. What do you think is the correct thing to do?

A lot of time we are not focused in the goal we set for the day, week, month and even year, because someone asked me to help them. I mean it’s good to help, but if you are not able to get back in time to complete the goal, then you are not moving towards your goal in schedule, meaning you are not managing yourself.

I know the feeling of having a list of over 100 things to do in that day on your mind, I have been there before. In the end only at most 2 or 3 will be done by the end of the day. At the same time having sudden projects or emails that pull you away from what you are doing, aren’t that what you want to get rid of, but still keep coming back. What you need to do is to self manage yourself.

Self-management is about how we manage our commitments to achieve success at various horizons of focus in our lives. Self-management is different from time management, as you can see from the above example. The outcomes and actions approach will help us get things done that are the most meaningful to us. It is the best way to manage oneself and our valuable time.

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