If you have failed so many times with your New Year’s resolution, don’t think of it as having a weak resolve and inadequate motivation. New Year’s resolution is about setting a goal in your life for a change and most changes happen when you are willing to really change. So, why do a lot of New Year’s resolutions don’t work?
It is a common problem and the hard truth is that most people simply are not that good at time management that is why their resolutions fail. Instead of acknowledging that fact, they resort to blame game and criticize themselves for being awful at following through. Failure to follow through may be the consequence but the real culprit is time management.
Why We Fail
We often set up ourselves for failure because of our habit of scheduling things at inopportune moments or letting the situation command our actions instead of the other way around. When it comes to business, time tracking and time management is all about productivity and how to avoid waste. This is all about optimizing your own inputs without wearing yourself out and how you are able to set an example for your own colleagues to do the same.
Think about the burnout factor of your New Year’s resolution as it relates to time and productivity and you will start to recognize the pattern. Regardless of your best intentions and still you were not able to properly manage your time, chances are that no matter how many times you plan your resolutions, still it won’t work.
So, how do you make it work and ensure you realize all your objectives? Continue reading below and you’ll find out how to make your New Year’s resolution work this time.
Making It Work
The most important requirement to managing time is establishing your priorities. A person who knows his priorities does what is urgent and what matters. Without it, you will end up exhausted, overworked and overwhelmed with unfinished tasks. To improve your productivity, you need to:
Manage yourself so you can manage your time.
Time itself is really not the problem. The secret is learning how to manage your attitude, focus and dynamism. We all have more than enough time if we only use and apply it well.
Setting your long term goals is the key.
You must know when it is time for you to start establishing long term plans and not rely your personal and professional growth on short term goals. Success lies on how you are able to plan for various ups and downs that may come your way and be prepared on how you will deal with it.
Learn how to say no.
This is very applicable especially on tasks that are not included in your priority list. This will allow you to do things that you simply have to do out of a sense of obligation.
Delegating responsibilities works best if you know your core tasks.
As a working professional or an entrepreneur, you are not expected to do everything yourself. In any working environment, giving explicit directions that can be easily followed will allow you save a lot of time which you can use on other more important things that require your attention.
Learn how to use time management tools.
Invest on some easy to use time management tools that will allow you to plot your schedule. Just like with finance management, you must learn how to budget your time properly.
Procrastination is the biggest mistake of most people. Putting off what you can do today will only lengthen your to-do list. Try cutting down distractions. If you are working on a deal and your mind is somewhere else, it will be quite impossible for you to finish all the things you need to and in the end, you have to carry over the same task the next day when you should have completed it today.