If you don't manage your time productively, you will become instrumental for other people's productivity I


          Time is life. Every single second, every single minute, hour, day and year that we live constitutes our life. Our whole life is limited within a particular frame of time gifted by God. That’s why our life span is limited and our time frame too is also limited. When the resource itself is limited, the question of management arises. We have 24 hours in a day. It is same for all the people who live in this world. It is by using these 24 hours productively people can become successful and by wasting it unsuccessful. Therefore, time is everything. As Brian Tracy said, “Time Management is Life Management.” A person who can master the art of time management will master his life. By controlling and using your time productively, you can control and shape your life as you desire. But if you do not utilize your time effectively, you will become disorganized and frustrated; you will miss your deadlines for works and may experience undue stress; and you may also become instrumental in fulfilling the wishes and goals of other people.
Why Time Management is Important?
Bad time management is ranked as the number one factor for failure. Bad time management not only implies that there is a lack of proper utilization of time and productivity but that may also result in stress, frustration and failure. Failing to manage your time effectively and productively will lead to:
1.    Time waste
2.    Poor Performance and Poor Quality Work
3.    Poor Self-esteem
4.    Stress
5.    Failing to accomplish Goals on time
          When you manage your time effectively and productively it will enable you to:
1.    Organize your work and Personal life efficiently
2.    Plan your Day, Weeks, Months and Years
3.    Set your Priorities and Goals and makes your Vision and Mission Specific
4.    To become more productive and successful in life.
5.    Ensure Self-Discipline, Self-Control and Self-mastery.
6.    Reduce your Stress.
7.    Increase your Happiness and Freedom.
8.    Work Smarter than Harder.
9.    Reach your Goals – Goals can’t be accomplished without the application of effort that requires the fruitful use of time.
Where Your Time goes?:
If you have the complaint that you don’t know where and how your time goes or you are struggling to manage your time a lot but it becomes unmanageable then you can take the help of a Time Log. The Time Log is nothing but the account of all your daily activities time wise. Prepare a time log starting from the time you wake up. List all your activities time wise serially for 24 hours. Here is an example of a Time Log:
Time  Spent                                         Activities
5:30 A.M. to 6:00 A.M.             Waking up from Sleep, washing face etc.
6:00 A.M. to 6:30 A.M.             Going for a Morning Walk
6:30 A.M. to 7:00 A.M              Reading the News Paper
7:00 A.M. to 7:15 A.M.             Tea Time
7:15 A.M. to 7:45 A.M.             Taking Bath
7:45 A.M. to 8:00 A.M.             Prayer
8:00 A.M. to          .......             Going to Work etc.
This list will be continued up to the time you go to your bed for your last activity of the day that is sleep at night.
          After the completion of the time log you will come to know about all your activities properly and also the duration of time you are spending on your activities on a daily basis. You will also become conscious in doing your activities which are not very meaningful to you. Your perception and attitude towards time will change.
The importance of scheduling Your Activities:
After knowing your regular activities with the help of your time log, you must make a list of your desired activities which if you include in your daily routine will create a massive difference in your productivity. The most important step to become more productive is to know your desired activities. Your desired activities are those activities which are determined by your goals. Along the line of your goals determine your activities on a daily basis, weekly basis, monthly basis and yearly basis. The list may include activities even for 2 years, five years, 10 years or 15 years depending upon your goals. You may have short term goals and also long term goals in your life. Therefore determine your activities as your goals require and break it into several smaller parts. By doing so you can take action on those activities on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis, to make yourself more productive.

Use your Energy Graph:
          Humans have a well-defined internal clock that determines the energy level of a person throughout the day. This energy level differs from person to person. Some people are more active during the morning hours, some people in the afternoon or evening hours. But there are also a group of people who like to work at night. You have to know and understand your energy level. You have to understand when your Energy Level is ‘very high’, ‘high’, ‘medium’ or ‘low’. When you come to know about this, utilize your most energetic period of time in your most important works that requires high level of concentration. Undertake different activities as per your list which you can manage with even your medium and low level of energy.
          If you follow your energy graph, you will accomplish more in less time of work. You will be working smarter than harder. You will become more productive. You will become more confident and happy. But if you choose your most important activity to be carried out in your medium and low energy period, then you will not be able to concentrate properly in your work. You will have to struggle to bring back your mind to the work and you may waste some of your time in your inner struggle. Therefore the first important step for you is to know your most important daily activities and secondly in which part of the day you will be in a better position to carry out those activities most productively.
Importance of a Daily Routine:
We are, what we do repeatedly. When we do things repeatedly it becomes spontaneous. It becomes our habit, character and destiny. It means that if we carry out certain activities on a daily basis pertaining to our goals, we can make success a spontaneous process. Our daily routine therefore is a vital tool for achieving enduring success in our lives. However daily routine to make a person successful in his life must be organized and arranged properly to ensure the desired outcome. If a person earnestly understands the importance of a daily routine and follow it in his daily life he will get everything that he wants from his life.
After knowing your activities and your energy levels throughout the day, you need to prepare your daily routine. You need to follow your activities in the order of your energy graph. When you fix your time along with the activity, you learn to manage your time productively. Now repeat the process everyday and become closer to your goal at the end of every day.
          Don’t give up following your daily routine until and unless you achieve your goal. First you must achieve your daily goals to realize your ultimate goal. As I have stated before that your daily routine ensures the break up activities of your main goal to be performed on a daily basis. Therefore if you can realize your daily goals, become sure that you can achieve your main goal. Your mind will be wandering and disturbing you constantly every day, but you have to concentrate and bring it back to your work. Mind is like a jumping monkey. It will not obey you. But by using your logic and conscience you can bring it back to normalcy and put it back to work. At all cost stick to your daily activities and your daily routine so that you can get everything what you want from your life.
Challenges of Time Management:
          After fixing your daily routine you will face the real challenges. The real challenge for you will be following the daily routine. The main enemy of Time Management and following a Daily Routine is procrastination. It may become impossible for you to follow a daily routine if you do not possess enough self-control and discipline in your life. Remember, self-control is the root of success. Without self-control you will lose your direction in life. Distractions will distract you from your true path and that is why 'Success' is more an 'inner and spiritual game' than a material one. You will lack courage and integrity to follow your dreams and goals if you lack commitment and personal integrity. For that reason you need to know your goals specifically, you need to know ‘The Why Factors’ of your goals, you need to know ‘Your Choices’, so that you can exercise every control to lead yourself towards your goals by managing your time productively everyday.



Inspiration for Students by My Dear Students: PRODUCTIVE TIME MANAGEMENT
If you don't manage your time productively, you will become instrumental for other people's productivity I
Inspiration for Students by My Dear Students
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