The Internal Importance Allocator of Effective Time Management
A regular excuse that a lot of people have for not being able to achieve their goals is that they ran out of time. They claim that they are too busy with all the other usual demands of life. They have to work all day and then do all sorts of chores at home. Kids and houses take up all the available time left over in the day. There's no time to pursue all the things that they would really want to do in life. Life is already so overwhelming so who's got time to go after life goals? If this is the case for you, then I hear you loud and clear as I can appreciate all the stresses that life in general have on us. A lot of us are constantly bogged down each day of the week. Good time management has there become a crucial thing to manage our days successfully given these hectic periods.
However, there's something we all have inside ourselves that I call our 'Internal Importance Allocator'. We assign importance ratings to everything in life and allocate time to them. For example, we all brush our teeth because we all rate dental health as pretty important, right? We don't want to gross out everyone else with bad breath. However, many of us don't do other things that are equally important for our health, like exercising. So this means that our Internal Importance Allocator may not always be working right.
So every now and then, we have to recalibrate our Internal Importance Allocators to reassign importance ratings to everything we do. I believe that this is a necessary task in effective time management. After all, there's no way that watching TV should be rated as more important than our health. What's more important than our health? Think about some of the things you have been neglecting and list them along with the activities that you normally do on a day-to-day basis. You will then have a list of things that you should be doing as well as your habitual activities that you do on a daily basis. Then reassign important ratings to everything at the same time. You will end up with a better balance of priorities in your life.
If you then look at a revised list of what's really important in your life and make real committed decisions to work on them, rather than just wishes, you would make the time for those goals. You will make a mental 'kick yourself in the behind' to reallocate your time in a more effective way that is constructive to success. Of course, this doesn't mean that you should be a workaholic. Being a 'life champion' (a term that is used in my book, The Life Champion In You) is also about balance since all areas of your life are considered. Effective time management should take this into account.
Remember, your goals should not be on a wish list. Instead, they should be on a top priority to-do list and mine is in my micro tool (a planning tool that is described in The Life Champion In You). Recalibrate your Internal Importance Allocator as often as required in order for you to stay in tune with what's really important in life. The take home message here is that if something is truly important in your life, you will make the time for it.