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Time Management Tips For Beginners Episode 4

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So you have your list of necessities done.  Remember it is those activities that must be done in order to prevent someone from being hurt, hungry or unemployed.  Today I went live on Facebook for episode 4 of the series.  I  talked about adding the things we want to do to our schedule.  I also talked about setting goals and adding these to our schedules.  If you missed the live you can watch the replay of it here:

Time Management Tips For Beginners Episode 4:

Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals

What are some things you would really like to focus on with more time?   How would you feel if you were able to make one of these goals a part of your regular (daily, weekly or monthly) activities?

Is it fair to say pretty amazing right?

Well that is exactly what you are going to do today.  Set a goal to get one of those wanted activities into your schedule.  But in order to do that you have to have a plan.  Take out your schedule of the necessary activities to reference too.

It’s time to set a goal to and add it to the list.  But how do you set an effective goal?

You can do that by creating a goal that is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-sensitive.

Specific

If you want to be healthier you can’t just have that as a goal.  How do you want to be healthier?  Do you want more energy, to lose weight, eat healthier?  The goal has to be specific.  Vague goals won’t motivate you to take action, but a specific goal and why you want to reach it will.

The specific goal you set must also have specific action.  If your goal is to lose 30 pounds how are you going to do it?  The specific step are to workout 6 days a week and eat healthy every day.

Measurable

If you make a goal specific you also have to make it measurable.  For instance,  if you want to lose 30 pounds (specific), you have to find a way to measure your progress towards that goal.  You can do that by weighing yourself once a week.  This adds action to your goal and it helps you decide if you are succeeding or need to fix something that isn’t working.

Attainable

When you set a goal you have to have an end in mind.  For example, you want to lose 30 pounds.  That is an attainable goal.  Setting a goal to lose weight this year is attainable, but it doesn’t have an end point.  How much do you want to lose?  If you lose one pound have you reached your goal?  Probably not, otherwise we wouldn’t have set a goal in the first place.  You could stand up right now and lose a pound.

Time-Sensitive

For any goal to truly be met and to create action toward its attainment, it must have a time frame.  To mention weight loss again you can set a goal to lose 30 pounds in 3 months.  You can measure it monthly to check in on your progress and readjust your plan to reach your goal if your current plan isn’t working.

Why Balance Is Bullshit

Time Management Tips For Beginners

We can never truly be balanced when it comes to managing our time.  When you spend time in one place you are ultimately not spending it somewhere else.  If you are focusing on your career, you are missing out on family time.  If you have a sick kid, you are missing out on your career and other activities.  Don’t ever think you can have a balanced schedule.

Time management isn’t about balance.  It’s about reaching goals and having a fulfilling life.  There will be times you feel you are neglecting another area of your life.  It’s not about neglect it’s about results.  It’s completely okay to feel guilty about it.  As a mom, full-time working police officer and an entreprenuer I feel this guilt all too often.  But when I see results with my career or that smile on my son’s face, I know that it is all worth it.

Narrow Your Focus

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I know you probably have multiple goals you want to achieve to improve yourself.  Maybe you want to be a better wife, mother, co-worker, person of God, etc.  But if you are a beginner don’t burn yourself out.  Choose one goal and activity to focus on at a time.  Completely changing your entire schedule will cause more stress and anxiety for you and your family and set you up for failure.

Choose your most important goal and start adding the steps to achieve to your schedule.  Once you have made that a routine you can add another one later.

What is going to be the first goal you add to your list?  I want to know so add it to the comments below!  I’ll be sure to send you some encouragement along the way!

This is Episode 4 of the Time Management Tips For Beginners.  Below you will find links to the rest of the previous episodes in case you missed them.

Time Management Tips For Beginners Episode 1

Time Management Tips For Beginners Episode 2

Time Management Tips For Beginners Episode 3

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