Axia University of Phoenix
Time is on our side. We have heard this statement throughout our lives. We all know that in the new fast-paced society that we live in, this statement is not always true. Time keeps ticking away and those who manage their time, whether in their personal life or in professional life, will prove to be more successful.
We all would be better served if we could learn to prioritize. Every one of us needs to have priorities in our lives. Without them, our lives would turn into a chaotic and dysfunctional state of confusion. The common thread of falling short on our priorities, we believe, is the ...view middle of the document...
Timing is everything. Planning is crucial. We need to know the basics of who, what, where, when and why. For example, for whom are we planning? Are we formulating a game plan to beat the competition or are we attempting to satisfy the customer? What product or service do we concentrate on? Where and when do we start? All of these issues must be answered, because in the long run, the bottom line comes down to money.
Our mission in our personal life or our professional life is to strategize our time and to lay a foundation for priorities so that we can attain our goals. Within our planning process, we must include a game plan for the unexpected. Life is full of uncertainties, from the change in priorities to corporate downsizing. A team member may quit or be reassigned. Life has constant change and we should not underestimate the unknown. A well thought out plan will leave more time for unforeseen circumstances.
I think the larger and more difficult tasks or projects cause us to procrastinate. "Putting off today what can be done tomorrow" seems to be a procrastinator's motto. Just thinking about all the preparation required, organizing and gathering facts, and considering the time it will take to complete projects, can make one hesitate to get started. In addition to self-discipline and perseverance, to get the procrastinator in all of us motivated, it is suggested you fight one enemy at a time. Pick one area where procrastination plagues you and conquer it. Drive yourself to get started and then each succeeding task will seem a bit less formidable and you will build the momentum necessary to keep the ball rolling. The one who puts off today's assignments are known for indecisiveness. This usually translates into loss of profits and/or bankruptcy.
If you focus on one problem at a time and learn to compartmentalize your jobs, the sheer weight of all the things you have to do will seem less overwhelming. Pretend for the time being that all you have to do is Job A. Get it done and confront Job B with the same single-mindedness. It's also suggested you not duck the most difficult problems by leaving them to be done last. After you conquer the difficult problem, it's downhill from then on. Also it's a good idea to set deadlines for yourself and to announce them so you put yourself on the spot.
A company's dream is to have individuals that are organized and put the correct priorities first. Exceptional managers know when and when not to delegate a project or tasks. This greatly depends on the scope of the project and the incumbent's education. There is a thought process involved in delegating. Whom should the manager designate or assign for the project? There are some critical thinking issues that a manger must...