Everyone suffers from a shortage of time

Everyone suffers from a shortage of time. No matter how effective we try to be, there simply is not enough time to do all that is required. In this era, the demands made upon people is greater than in any other generation. Financial burdens necessitate both parents working. Since those hours are spent outside the home, household duties such as chores and child rearing must be done after work hours. This problem is magnified is one is the unfortunate position of having to work multiple jobs.

The workforce has also experienced a change. It was once proclaimed that technology would make our lives simpler. However, research is showing that this theory was wrong. All the extra gadgets that we now utilize only creates more work for us. At the same time, companies are trying to get by with less personnel. Today, a project will be handled by two people whereas it was done by three in the past. People simply need to get more done to remain competitive.

As a culture, we have spent untold money on better time management strategies. While helpful, it seems all these programs had minimal impact on the problem. They did allow us to get more done in a shorter period of time. However, being able to get everything done is still not possible. The reality of life today is that you will not accomplish all the activities set before you on a daily basis.

Accepting that there will be tasks left undone is the first step in managing you life. It is simply impossible to accomplish everything. There must be some trade-offs. This can be done by better strategies of prioritizing. By deciding what you prefer to focus upon while eliminate other things that are less important will allow you to lead a fulfilled life.

The easiest way to prioritize is to ask yourself a simple question. This process will focus your mind what really needs to be done. It is especially helpful if you happen to get sidetracked during the day. When this occurs, just ask ‘what is the most productive thing I can be doing at this moment’? You conclusion will establish the priority for the present moment.

We all have certain tasks that must be handled. Making sure that these are the first things accomplished allows us to significantly improve our lives. Most people tend to concentrate on those activities that do not have great importance in their lives. Anthony Robbins calls it ‘majoring in minor things’. Since time eventually becomes a factor, they end up leaving the higher impact tasks incomplete.

Completing a series of unimportant activities will only lead you to being a busy person. Most people do not sit around idly doing nothing. By attending to a multitude of things, they justify that they are doing all they can yet cannot seem to get ahead. However, success on a regular basis eludes them. There are certain things that the successful get accomplished. These are the items that are of high priority to them. It is as if their ‘to do’ list is inverted when compared to the average person. The guarantee that the important tasks are completed by doing them first.

Developing the habit of concentrating on the most productive action instantly moves you towards the success mentality. Ask yourself often, ‘is this the best possible use of my time right now’ many times throughout the day. You will find that the tasks you were putting off seem to rise to the surface while the low impact items drop down on the list. Maximizing the use of our time is a concept that weighs heavily on success. Remember, time is the one thing that everyone shares equally in. It is how we utilize it that creates the difference.

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