What?
What are the 5 to 10 absolutely necessary activities that you have to do to ensure your success and happiness? Those are going to be your Power Time Management Irrefutables. You have to be serious and you have to be brutally honest with your self. Fudging this list is sabotaging all of the things you will be doing for the rest of your life. It will be like trying to run a marathon with the bear already on your back from mile One. Not a very promising start with 26.2 more miles to go. You want to work on this list and write down what is crucial, unavoidable and absolutely required for you to get where you want to go, when you want to get there, no screening, sorting or filtering of any kind. This is where the rubber meets the road and this is THE reality check of all reality checks. It is during this process that you want to get all of the bugs out of the ointment.

The purpose of you spending your time in this fashion is to eliminate the majority of angst that we all feel when we do not have a clear understanding of what we want and how we are trying to achieve it. Time spent here is well worth the investment. How worth it is it? Of anything you can and will do over your life, this activity is in the top 3 of ANYTHING you can or will do to ensure your success, its that powerful.

Who?
Anyone that is serious about being happy, successful and in charge. That sounds trite but it is true. Irrefutables, among many things, are about establishing personal standards. People who are successful are people who care about what they do. They care about what they are involved in and they especially care about what is associated with them. All of this leads to performing at a level that demands the best from themselves and, regardless of what is happening around them, they continue to strive to meet their personal standards even when those around them show little inclination to do the same.

When?
No time like the present. There is no right time to start to care and start to do it right. Regardless of what level you are performing at now, the bar can always be raised, and then re-raised again. Creating your own Irrefutables is not a one-time activity. It is an ongoing process that will change as you and your circumstances change. Depending on what you do, your Irrefutables could change weekly; some other person's Irrefutables will never change throughout their professional career. You could be a person who rises throughout a corporation moving between divisions, your Irrefutables will most likely change as often as you are promoted. You could be someone who starts, builds and grows the same business from the start to the end of your working life; your Irrefutables could very easily stay the same throughout this process.

Why?
I have always considered a person less than successful if they do not maximize their full potential. Just because you are a millionaire does not make you successful if you wasted the opportunity to be a multi-millionaire because of a lack of effort or proper application on your part. You should want to use every tool available, every resource you can commandeer to maximize your potential and abilities. This one is one of the best tools available to you. It is a concept that you may not have been exposed to before, at least not in this fashion.

I usually don’t dwell on the negative but in this case I will at least broach it. Not setting standards for yourself, not establishing your own set of Irrefutables, will seriously undermine any attempt on your part to join the ranks of the happy, satisfied and accomplished.

Where?
I did mention the 5 W’s and this is the last one. I stumped as to how to bring the Where in on this topic. I will gracefully admit defeat on this one.

Author's Bio: 

Bryan Beckstead is the creator of the Power Empowerment Group and has been involved in the Time Management and Productivity industries for almost 35 years. If you are really serious about improving your quality of life, visit him at http://www.powerempowerment.com

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