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Keys to a Better Life

Updated: Jun 26, 2020

Time management is about being focused.

The Pareto Principle also is 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 efficient personal time management skills. 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 you desire.

But there are 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, and each new skill you develop should be taken into consideration.

Having a balanced lifestyle 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 society.

*The career aspect involves school and work.

*The emotional aspect involves appropriate feelings, desires, and manifesting them.

*The spiritual aspect involves a personal quest for meaning.

Thorough planning and having a “things to do” list for each of the key areas may not be very practical but determining which area in your life is not receiving 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 a daunting task. It is a very sensible and reasonable approach to solving problems big or small.

Time management and improving your personal life will require you to consider a few basics.

*Review your goals whether it be immediate or long-term goals often.

Keep a list that is always accessible to you.

*Determine which task is necessary for achieving your goals.

Choose activities that help you maintain a balanced lifestyle.

*Learn to say "No". I talk about this in my latest book “Inspired To Win” Keys to a better life will require you to be strategic.

Saying “No” to them is really saying “Yes” to you.

*Don’t procrastinate. Attend to necessary things immediately.

Understanding it will take time, but it is time well spent.

*Remember to reward yourself as you complete each new goal.

Celebrating in the middle makes all the difference.

But, don’t stop there, there is more work to be done.

Keep a positive attitude and set yourself up

for success.

*Be realistic in your approach in achieving your goals.

But, be kind enough to give yourself a break.

*Be sure to journal and keep a record of all your activities to mark your successes and learn where you might need some adjustments.

This will help you put things into their proper perspective.

These are just a few steps as you move towards your “Better Life.” Use these keys to become a more well-rounded balanced you. Continue to be inspired and finish the work you have been called to while creating greater solutions for your personal growth. This will open more doors for opportunities. They are waiting just for you. #GetInspired

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