Life Map: Lesson 009
Time Management in Two Considerations
Time management is a critical skill in the execution of your life map. Prior to the rigors of scheduling, this lesson provides you with two important techniques that you may not have thought about intentionally. The challenge for most people seems to be the start with large projects. Those individuals have the task of searching themselves to determine whether they truly want to complete the project they are thinking about. For them, the challenge is to create the internal motivation to persevere through the work of a project. Rather than engage, they find themselves procrastinating with unproductive or denial-based time wasters.
For the remaining creators, the challenge is not starting but stopping. The intrinsic motivation is suitable for getting a project done. But, it motivates and creates pressure for multiple projects. If this is you, your procrastination takes the form of helping other people with their projects or working on projects that have lower priority. These are distraction-based time wasters. You rationalize that if you begin one project, how can you be sure that you will not neglect other projects? How can you ensure that you continue to have a balanced life and attend to your relationships?
Addressing the Questions
Many ways exist to address these questions. Many, unfortunately, are as unsustainable as the procrastination already experienced. The method I have tested and approved is encapsulated in these two considerations that you may not have considered. First, you need to have a sense of how long it takes to get projects to completion. Second, you need to have a systematic and considerate plan for how you will commit to daily production.
Remove the fallacies that contradict these two considerations. You may have the procrastination based in denial or that based in distractions, but realize that knowledge is power. Before anything can be placed on a schedule, you need to understand the nature and size (time commitment) of the thing. This is especially true when the project is self-imposed and does not have an externally-enforced deadline. Ignorance is not virtue, and in project development, not counting time costs is ignorance.
You must also get rid of the idea that if I “work on it,” I can get it done. When I mention “systematic and considerate plans,” I am talking about an accounting of the project at hand, the time available, the distractions that may present themselves, healthy balance in relationships and nutrition, and smart work. Your daily schedule must address each of these intentionally for best results.