The Essence of Great Time Management – Part 2

You’re responsible for the use you make of your time. Every day, you get your 24 hours, and you can spend these as you please. However, you must live with the consequences of your choices.

The canvas of your life was painted with the choices you’ve made over time: the way you use your time shapes your life. A great life is a by-product of great time management. To maximize your life, you must maximize your time.

At the core, the essence of great time management is investing your time on activities that matter most. Of course, the activities that matter most vary from one person to the next. One person’s time waster can be another’s treasured activity. Thus, you must determine which activities matter most to you.

In my previous post, I shared a few things to consider when you’re trying to determine which activities matter most and thus should get the bulk of your time and attention. In this post, I want to add a few more key elements to help get a better handle on your time.

Purpose and Service

You’re alive for a reason. But you must never forget that you’re here for a season. Your life is finite because your time is finite. Therefore, your time is very precious. And you should aim to make each moment meaningful.

Your life is meaningful. While you’re here, you have the opportunity to make a difference and leave a great legacy. You have a contribution to make. And time is your primary tool to do this.

To manage your time effectively, you must ensure your activities align with your purpose and with the difference you’re meant to make in your family, your community, and the world. Not only must your main activities add value to your life, but they must also add value to the lives of others. Service is central to all of life and the road to true greatness.

Make sure you invest your time in purposeful and meaningful activities.

Discipline and Commitment

Great time management demands discipline. Identifying which activities are most worthy of your time is one thing. Getting yourself to perform these activities is another; it requires discipline. Many people know what they must do, but aren’t doing it. Doing “what you must” makes all the difference. You’re managing your time effectively to the extent that you’re able to discipline yourself to focus on your highest-value activities.

Time management is a fight. Distractions consistently launch assaults on your time. And you must fight back. Sometimes, distractions are not even bad activities; they’re good activities trying to bump out your highest-value ones.

Great time management demands commitment. You must commit to fulfilling your purpose, serving others, materializing your vision, staying true to your values, living with passion, and maximizing your strengths.

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.