So many things to do and not having enough time?

There are many excuses to follow this question, but it all boils down to avoiding the values of personal time management. Many people are like you who need to balance work, family responsibilities or a home life, and be healthily abreast in all aspects.

Yes, it would sound like24-hours-a-day is such a short period to accomplish notable things. But truth is that getting things done is a decision one has to make. And that decision is to change how you value time, do your work and being fit physically, emotionally and spiritually to get great results.

No matter if it’s for a daily routine, weekly scheduling, monthly plans or your lifetime’s goals, these tips to mastering personal time management would sure help. While they cannot be perfected immediately, you can be skillful at it with constant practice.

1. Set a goal, make a plan and follow a schedule. The idea encompasses everything you do at home, at work, in your social life and health pursuits. When you have laid out all tasks that need to get you closer to the set goals, it’s fairly easy to appropriate days and hours when you must do them. On the other hand, just doing things randomly gets you nowhere even when you seem always busy; even with so many tasks done, it would not always give you that sense of satisfaction because the completion would be irrelevant to what you want to achieve.

It’s always meaningful when you’re doing something that is valuable to reaching the targets. And because you’d experience the urgency to get important things done, you will set schedules and prioritize according to the plans at hand. Thus, you find yourself moving toward the direction you want.

2. Get rid of the trivial matters. It’s not only your work station or kitchen that needs to be cleaned. Even your routines must be carefully assessed to be in order. Like having a well-organized desk, throw to the garbage habits that are actually time-consuming and irrelevant to your goals.

Many people’s daily schedules are jeopardized with too much time on the internet or TV, the same way their trash pile up with old magazines, hardly-used home items and closets overloaded with clothes and body garments that are better off shared to the needy. When you get rid of these non-essentials, you’d find sufficient time – and clean, orderly space - to efficiently conduct the tasks you need to do.

Learn to de-clutter relationships as well. You’re not required to build stronger bonds with everyone around you. Instead, put more effort in special relationships and give enough time to people who mean much to your life and your pursuits.

3. Master systems and learn new ones. When you’d finally get used to scheduling and have discipline in your day-to-day routines, it won’t be long before you have it mastered. Soon you might have new challenges like a new project or more stringent gym routines or find a really nice person you want to date some more, and yet these new things won’t be as stressful to pursue. With mastered routines and systems, the must-learns will become just another new thing to integrate so that planned actions toward your goals will be boosted.

With these ideas on improving personal time management, you will stop finding excuses of being out of time. Instead, you will find yourself more fulfilled in living each day with a meaningful purpose.

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