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Time Management And Goals - Is The Carrot Or The Stick Better?

Shafir Ahmad

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Someone asked me whether we should use time management methods to achieve our goals.

Goals are the end products - the purpose behind the whole project. And goals are the reason for the time management preparation being necessary. You need to know where you are going, and equally important, you need to know why.

It is no good at all investing time and energy into a project if you cannot see the purpose or value in it. Perhaps it is for self improvement, or personal profit; perhaps it is for promotion, or simply because it is your job - although even this can be considered a step along the way to a more distant goal. Why do we work? Simply to earn a living, or to pursue a personal challenge, or aim to move on towards the next step on the ladder of success?

Being able to view your workload in the context of your end goals is of particular importance, and the value of employing time management techniques will be given more weight, and therefore be more likely to succeed.

We all need motivation, otherwise we will give up too early. Throughout your work, you need to plan in time for you to have fun things to do, rather than aimlessly wandering off task which becomes an unmonitored waste of time.

You also need to set your goals, and keep them in mind. Perhaps your goal is to achieve a certain grade - so think about why, and what it will mean to you. Perhaps it means that you will be able to get the job you really want. If so, why not print off a picture of someone doing that job, or of the environment in which you would like to work, and put it on the wall as a reminder of what the purpose is.

There are plenty of people with sticks in life who are ready to beat us if we don't perform; it is up to us to find the carrot and make sure it is clearly in our line of sight, for as long as it is, there should be no need for the stick.

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Shafir Ahmad of is the author of “The Experts Guide to Managing Your Time".


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