What Is Your Time Management Costing You?

February 15th, 2011 by Patty Bear

Have you ever really considered the cost of over-promising and under delivering in your business, your personal life, or your health?

Business – over-promise and under deliver- you lose credibility, trust, and eventually business

Personal life – when you over-promise and under deliver you lose credibility and trust with your spouse, your children, your friends.  Do it often enough and they simply no longer believe anything you promise- and that may happen just when you most need them to believe you.

Health – Unless you’re a pathological liar, dissonance between what you say and what you actually do causes internal conflict resulting in constant background stress.

Many who struggle with time management have an underlying sense of the cost, but don’t do anything about it.  They say, ” I know, I know, I know, but I’ve never been organized – that’s just not who I am!”

There is a belief that some people are just born organized and others are not, and that’s just the way it is.  While some people do have a natural feel for order, it does not mean that it can’t be learned.  Take it from someone who did most of her homework on the bus.   My time in the military made the consequences of poor time management more clear, but even then I didn’t make any lasting changes.  I wish I could tell you some clever story about an epiphany I had with time, but it really came down to recognizing how horrible it felt to be rushing all the time.

Becoming more organized with time, space, or a business does take time but it’s not hard, and anybody can do it.  They key to long term success in gaining control of your time and your life is three- fold:

1. Create simple systems that work for you and with you.  Systems that take into account your personality, the way you work, and your whole life.

2.Start small.  Don’t begin with your most challenging time problem.  Pick a time challenge that will feel good to change, but is not so big that it feels overwhelming.

3.Start with something that you do regularly so that you see immediate results.

Example:  I write these newsletters twice a month.  That means I have to come up with a topic, write it, and send it to my virtual assistant in time for her to put it in the format you are reading.  Of course, this isn’t the only thing I do in my business, or my life, so I simply make an appointment one week prior to the deadline for “newsletter” in my phone and set an alarm for that.  When “newsletter” beeps me I know it’s time to write.  But in the meantime “newsletter” is not on my To Do List overwhelming me with its constant need to be noticed.

Here’s to Time well spent!

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