No amount of talent or hard work can help a person to get big success in life if he is disorganised in habits or time management. Many persons are not even aware to which direction they are moving and how much time it will take to reach the destination. They don’t have a sense of right direction. They have goals, the resources and want to progress in life. Unfortunately lack of organisation fails them, more often at critical junctures. If you are well-organised the tide of a problem can push you to a new opportunity instead of a failure. Like a master chess player you are able to organise your steps in life in such a way that can lead you to success. A disorganised army can’t win either it is a chess board or a real battle field.
1. Introspect Regularly
It is necessary to introspect at a regular base if you really want to do something worthwhile in your life. It helps you to know yourself, your aim, your strengths, your weaknesses, your circumstance in a better way. All the great or successful persons have this habit. You must spare at least one hour every month to examine your progress in life. Answer these questions: a) What are your goals in life? b) What are you able to give in return to achieve those goals? c) Are you doing something everyday to fulfil your dreams? d) How much time did you waste last month? e) What are you going to do to plug the wastage of time? f) What improvement do you need to move faster towards your goals? g) How much will you spare in the coming month to study more in the field of your interest? Without habit of introspection you may lose track in your life.
2. Time Management
It was wisely said by Herbert Spencer: ‘Time which a man is always trying to kill ends in killing him. ’ It is true. Time Management is as crucial to your victory as oxygen to your life. The more you waste it the more you move away from success. While observing any successful or rising person you will come to know how they are able to achieve what they plan. Their days, hours and even minutes are devoted to a certain task. They use their time like hard-earned money. Wasting it means inviting a miserable future. So the better you use your time the more money or success you get in life.
Divide your time in blocks - hours and minutes. A time block means a group of hours or minutes. Time blocks are formed when you do certain tasks at fixed times – sleeping, bathing, eating, exercise, getting ready, service (where you are asked to do work). When you prepare a ‘To Do’ list daily you need not write those time-blocks. You have to divide the remaining period of the day into hours. And hours can further be divided into minutes for many small tasks.
Before going to bed at night or as soon as you reach your working place (reach 15 minutes early) prepare a ‘To Do’ list – it is a list of the tasks you have to do that day. Allot time and approximate period for a certain task. Try your best to complete maximum tasks in a day. If you are unable to complete several tasks on that day, do those tasks the next day. You must try your best to stick to your daily ‘To Do’ list otherwise you may not be able to achieve your goals in life.
3. Control Your Mood
A person who is a mere slave of his/her moods is worse than an animal. Without discipline it is impossible to meet deadlines or work efficiently for months or years. The persons who want to do everything according to their mood bring total disorganisation in their life. It becomes very difficult for such people to get success. Like teenagers now and then we may do certain tasks according to mood to get some fun but most of the time we need strict discipline to move faster towards our aim.
4. Cut down the time killers
You are unable to enjoy life fully and complete several tasks if you don’t cut down the time killers. Don’t read unsolicited mail/SMS. Attend only important telephone calls. Rest can be handles by your secretary or office assistant. Avoid gossiping. TV has become the biggest time and career killer now-a-days. Majority of the people like to glue to their TV sets whenever they find time. If you really want to do something in life then keep the monster of TV out of your room. You may use TV in case you need any important information, but never for fun or killing time.
5. Organise your money
Most of the financial crises in life arise due to a person’s lack of interest in organising money. Financial flow is the backbone of any commercial or non-commercial activity in our life. Neither we nor our business can survive happily if it is disturbed. Therefore every person must spare some time everyday to organise his/her finances. Actually a good financial management can make you a winner in life.
If you don’t have right information of your financial flow it may land you in trouble any time. If you watch the inflow and outflow of your cash carefully you can learn to regulate it properly. If you can’t keep the records then employ someone who can do it for you. Always spend less then your income. Avoid taking loan for luxury items. Do develop a habit of saving some money every day, even if it is Rs.10/- only.
According to Bill Gate: ‘At the heart of most business problems are information problems, almost no one is using information well. ’ So get yourself equipped with adequate information. It will help you organise yourself and your activities properly.
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