The continuous ticking of the hands of the clock is the passing of life and to a person unconscious and unintentional, it is ticking away from dreams and aspirations.
One of the killers of dreams is poor management of time. We often think that time is plenty as we keep procrastinating and continue to shift time without knowing that gradually, it slips away and we find ourselves clutching to the last minutes of time without being able to hold it back.
Time waits for no one is a popular saying. It is also an equalizer of all persons; poor or rich, tall or short. We have equal 24hrs a day to ourselves. It depends on how each person manages his or her own time to achieve a dream.
One needs to make very good use of the available time to avoid chasing after it, often returning empty, sad, frustrated and depressed.
It is not only a matter of being prayerful, intentional or dreaming big, but, how you manage your time to realize your dreams is more important.
For you to be able to maximize your time, it is important to set your goals right. A poorly set goal is often scary to achieve and that’s why the S-M-A-R-T framework is always recommended. This acronym stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely.
This framework is good for your personal goals, business goals and professional goals.
It guides you to set a specific goal without ambiguity. It must not be glossy or gargantuan or broad. Make it small and realistic. It must be very specific. The goal should be measurable; taking into account the tiny steps you put in. Set milestones and evaluate them in order to put in more effort or change the strategy.
Your goal has to be achievable. When you set an unachievable goal, it sucks your energy and you cannot devote time to it. That is why you must be realistic, especially putting into account your strengths and weaknesses and passion. Your milestone can be achievable given your available resources. It involves being realistic at the skills and resources at your disposal.
All these work as you set a time frame to your specific goal. Endless time kills passion. Let’s say as the year just started, your specific goal is to redesign your apartment through the year. This is measured by how many rooms you are able to cover and if it is achievable within your realistic income and if you achieve it within the year. This is just a short example of how you set your goal.
You cannot set out to build a mansion where your earning can only get you a one room rentable apartment. That is very unrealistic.
Goal setting, time management and planning go hand in hand.
For the time frame you have allotted to your goal to work for you, you must remain focused.
What eats away your time? What habit keeps you away from your goal? What lifestyle do you give plenty of time to?
A conscious and honest answer to these questions could be your starting point to value your time and make good use of it.
You must remember that time waits for nobody and as the year is still young, plan it, set your goal and be sure that by the end of the year, you evaluate how far you have gone and celebrate your small and big success.
Don’t waste your time.
Remember; The Power Is In You.