One of my favorite words is COMMITMENT. Over the years I studied it from different angles, applied it to the multiple areas of my life and I keep showing our clients simple ways to up their commitment too.
Here’s the number one thing I know about commitment… No one can be committed to everything and everyone 100%. We need to choose our focus, our priorities and allocate our commitment accordingly.
Today I want to look at commitment as it relates to time management. After training and consulting for over 15 years, I’ve seen a lack of commitment in this area among individuals across all the levels inside the organizations. We tend to hide behind a ‘lack of time’, ‘being busy’ or we blame others for missing deadlines and being tardy.
Our tendency to fall into excuses and blame, keeps us from seeing the leaks in how we manage our time. To help you honestly assess your status, I designed a Time Management Evaluation tool. Use it to assess your time management skills and see how well you’re doing in this area.
Time Management Self-AssessmentTime limit: 0
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We all have 24 hours in a day. Are you ready to discover how well are you using yours?
Following assessment will help you understand how well you’re managing your time. You will be asked to provide your email address so that we can send you your results.
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More than 71: You are a time management pro! You are aware of the need for time planning and have some good techniques to help you.
Between 56-70: You are on the right track. However, there are areas that need improvement. Join my Impact Academy to discover some cool advanced strategies to help you improve your time management.
Less than 55: You need help and you need it FAST! There are only 24 hours/day and you need to use them effectively. Get my Time Management YOUR Way Program to discover time management strategies that will work for you personally.
I keep a written list of tasks I need to do.
I assign priorities to items on my task list.
I write down my appointments.
I make sure I have prepared all necessary items in advance of my appointments.
I use a time management tool with space to write tasks and schedule my appointments.
I consider my priorities when scheduling my time.
I consider commitments I have made to others when scheduling time.
I know how to control things that interfere with my time plan.
I consider alternatives for getting tasks and commitments accomplished.
I have and follow a daily schedule.
I evaluate and tweak my schedule on a daily basis.
The tasks I work on are the ones with the highest priority.
I am able to deal with people who waste my time.
I understand my own time management patterns and use them efficiently, e.g. short breaks, early morning or late at night.
I am in charge of my own time and manage it well.
How well did you do in this assessment? Do you agree with the results? What can you do to improve your current status quo?
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