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Defining Time

Defining Time


                Time is a special resource because it takes time to accomplish anything. The way you manage time, like the way you manage your money, energy, and other resources, plays a large part in achieving your goals. Time has some very unique characteristics. Time is:

                        Measured — by clock or calendar, by season, by life stages.

                        Limited — we all have 24 hours.

                        Unique — we really manage ourselves in relation to time.

                        Perishable — we cannot save it for future use.

                        Money — it has a dollar value.

                        A key — to finding satisfaction and enjoying life.


                Time is a special resource for anyone trying to meet family, work, community, and personal needs. Some say time is the most valuable of all resources because it is limited. Others think time is endless . . . thinking they can always do their tasks at another time

                At some point in your life you have probably taking a time management course or read a book on time management. One point to remember is that time management is not a device to make you work harder and longer. It is a tool to help you “work smarter,” to accomplish your work more easily and rapidly, and include time for all the other things you want to do

                Consider implementing some of the techniques to become the master of your own time:

  • For one week, carry a schedule and record all your thoughts, conversations and activities. This will help you understand how much you can get done during the course of a day and where your precious moments are going.
  • Schedule time for interruptions and delays. This is especially important for parents of young children!  You may believe you should be able to leave your home for work within one hour of waking each morning but one delay of a lost shoe or spilled milk can put your schedule behind. Add some “what if” time and you are more likely to meet deadlines.
  • Take some time each week to plan your time. Write down appointments on the family calendar or add to your online calendar.  Double check the school calendar and your work schedule for any changes.  Sketch in times for grocery shopping, errands and time with friends
  • Practice not answering the phone just because it's ringing and e-mails just because they show up.  Check messages and emails a few times a day as – same with Facebook and other forms of social media unless you use these tools to generate business.
  • Remember that it's impossible to get everything done. Also remember that odds are good that 20 percent of your thoughts, conversations and activities produce 80 percent of your results.
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