Time management tips help you make the small changes that lead to big transformations. It is always daily, manageable steps that move you from where you are to where you’d like to be. Yet making this progress is also some of the hardest work you’ll ever do. Why is that?
You know the adage, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Indeed, it was built brick-by-brick. Imagine the challenge of keeping sight of the goal while stacking bricks for months or even years on end! So it is for us, very often, as we build toward our goals.
Here are 3 things to keep in mind as you implement the action steps you’ve laid out for reaching your goal, whatever it may be:
- Start now, and take your time.
When you start out, remember that finding time to reach your goal probably involves changing your time priorities, setting time boundaries, and letting go of some old habits around time. This can all be disruptive at first. Give yourself and your loved ones time to adjust as you make this transition in your life.
- Reward yourself as often as you need, consistently.
Be sure to recognize and reward the small accomplishments that move you toward your larger goal. This is very, very important! It can be easy to feel like you aren’t getting anywhere at the beginning, when you feel like all you are doing is carrying bricks. Don’t worry – Rome will begin to take shape. But in the meantime, give yourself plenty of pats on the back!
How often? Validate and reward yourself as often and as generously as you need to maintain your momentum. Whenever possible, align your rewards to reinforce your goals, as well. If this highly practical step initially challenges you, ask yourself, “What is it worth to you to meet your goals?” Chances are, it is worth the relatively modest outlay of time and healthy treats you will provide yourself. Furthermore, you will enjoy your journey far more!
- Correct your course instead of abandoning it.
As important as it is to reward yourself, it is also very important to stick with your plan. If you notice that you are veering way off track, take time to take stock. Maybe you need to adjust your plan. It’s important to do this consciously and logistically. If you simply ignore your initial plans and change course without checking in with yourself, you erode self-trust. Instead, build your confidence for your next goal, too!
These 3 simple steps can fuel your incentive to find and stay on the path to transform your intentions and goals into realities! As you proceed, you will discover that this path of transformation is one of the most exciting and doable journeys you will ever take!
Now, what do you need to do first to reach your destination?© Copyright 2009 Paula Eder, Ph.D.