Today, we are going to start a new topic - time management.
The most valuable asset you have is time. How you use it will determine what your future looks like. It's that simple.
Over the next month or two we are going to discuss the subject of time management and how to maximize your time. This does not mean, by the way, that you need to be working or doing important stuff all the time. As we will learn in subsequent blogs, RENEWAL is a critical factor in effective time management. And renewal means rest and relaxation, vacations and long walks on the beach.
What time management does mean is getting the most out of the hours of the day when you are intending to be productive.
Today, we are going to speak to guarding your time. One of the big problems people have is saying "no" to requests from others. This problem is especially common when the request is say 30 days from now.
Here is a rule of thumb: if you do not have time to do whatever is requested of you TODAY, then you are probably not going to have time to do it 30 days from now.
We all suffer from what is called the planning fallacy which stands for the proposition that we THINK we will have more time in the future. Not generally true. If we do not have a lot of open time today, we will most likely not have that kind of open time in the future.
So, be careful when thinking about an obligation that does not arise for 30 days. You might very well rue saying "yes" today - especially 30 days from now actually arrives!
Jim Randel is the founder and author of The Skinny On book series, condensed explanations of important life skills. Randel's books are currently best sellers in China - three of his e-books in the top 100 best-selling e-books in China. The Skinny on Time Management is #10 on the e-book best seller list in China, and #2 on Amazon.com's list of best-selling e-books in Chinese.