The Key to a Better Life
Boost Your lifestyle design With These Tips
Time management is basically about being focused…
The Pareto Principle also known as the ’80:20 Rule’ states that 80% of efforts that are not time managed or unfocused generates only 20% of the desired output. However, 80% of the desired output can be generated using only 20% of a well time managed effort. Although the ratio ’80:20′ is only arbitrary, it is used to put emphasis on how much is lost or how much can be gained with time management.
Some people view time management as a list of rules that involves scheduling of appointments, goal settings, thorough planning, creating things to do lists and prioritizing. These are the core basics of time management that should be understood to develop an efficient personal time management skill. These basic skills can be fine tuned further to include the finer points of each skill that can give you that extra reserve to make the results you desire.
But there is more skills involved in time management than the core basics. Skills such as decision making, inherent abilities such as emotional intelligence and critical thinking are also essential to your personal growth.
Personal time management involves everything you do. No matter how big and no matter how small, everything counts. Each new knowledge you acquire, each new advice you consider, each new skill you develop should be taken into consideration.
Having a balanced life-style should be the key result in having personal time management. This is the main aspect that many practitioners of personal time management fail to grasp.
Time management is about getting results, not about being busy.
The six areas that personal time management seeks to improve in anyone’s life are physical, intellectual, social, career, emotional and spiritual.
The physical aspect involves having a healthy body, less stress and fatigue.
The intellectual aspect involves learning and other mental growth activities.
The social aspect involves developing personal or intimate relations and being an active contributor to society.
The career aspect involves school and work.
The emotional aspect involves appropriate feelings and desires and manifesting them.
The spiritual aspect involves a personal quest for meaning.
Thoroughly planning and having a set of things to do list for each of the key areas may not be very practical, but determining which area in your life is not being giving enough attention is part of time management. Each area creates the whole you, if you are ignoring one area then you are ignoring an important part of yourself.
Personal time management should not be so daunting a task. It is a very sensible and reasonable approach in solving problems big or small.
A great way of learning time management and improving your personal life is to follow several basic activities.
One of them is to review your goals whether it be immediate or long-term goals often.
A way to do this is to keep a list that is always accessible to you.
Always determine which task is necessary
Always determine which task is necessary or not necessary in achieving your goals and which activities are helping you maintain a balanced life style.
Each and everyone of us has a peek time and a time when we slow down, these are our natural cycles. We should be able to tell when to do the difficult tasks when we are the sharpest.
Learning to say “No”. You actually see this advice often. Heed it even if it involves saying the word to family or friends.
Pat yourself at the back or just reward yourself in any manner for an effective time management result.
Try and get the cooperation from people around you who are actually benefiting from your efforts of time management.
Don’t procrastinate. Attend to necessary things immediately.
What is ‘Lifestyle Design’?
To recap, lifestyle design means choosing the job that will give you the lifestyle you want. That means not assuming that your job needs to dictate the lifestyle.
For instance, if the main thing you want out of life is to spend more time with your family and your needs are modest, there’s no reason that you can’t work as a trash collector. When you do this you’ll be spending less time working and you’ll be home when your kids get back from school. The work isn’t terribly stressful (in as much as you don’t bring it home with you) and while you might not find it rewarding you can get your actualization elsewhere with your rock band project, your painting or your great novel.
If your main desire is to travel, then you might want to consider working online which will allow you to earn money from anywhere in the world. Otherwise there are plenty of jobs that will facilitate the opportunity to travel. Or just look for somewhere with a good salary and particularly generous holiday/flexible working time.
The Digital Nomad
The ultimate expression of this is possibly the lifestyle of the digital nomad. This is someone who works online and is constantly travelling. They take a laptop with them and find cheap accommodation and they spend most of their time working in a cool bar, or while relaxing on the beach.
Of course the digital nomad will sacrifice a lot of their creature comforts – this isn’t a lifestyle that will suit everyone! However, for the right kind of person this really is a dream way to live and it just goes to show what’s possible!
Don’t be Afraid to be Different
Working online isn’t the only way to use lifestyle design. It simply means thinking about how your job is going to affect your day-to-day lifestyle and then picking the right job on that basis.
And yes, this may mean doing a manual job that lets you get fresh air and exercise. Or it might mean doing a job like rubbish collection that lets you work better hours.
But the problem people have with this is that it’s not what they’re used to. Too often we feel like we need to live a certain lifestyle in order to live up to what’s expected of us or to be ‘normal’. Even if you’d be happier as a rubbish collector, you might go ahead and become a doctor to keep your family happy or to feel as though you’re a success.
As you can imagine – this is a mistake and your happiness is what should come first.
Likewise, you also shouldn’t be afraid to be a little unusual. Maybe you want to combine careers in a way that’s not particularly common and that onlookers would find strange… that’s fine! Don’t be afraid to be the first. Once again, the fact that you’re happy is what really matters.
Have a positive attitude and set yourself up for success. But be realistic in your approach in achieving your goals.
Have a record or journal of all your activities. This will help you get things in their proper perspective.
These are the few steps you initially take in becoming a well rounded individual.
As the say personal time management is the art and science of building a better life.
From the moment you integrate into your life time management skills, you have opened several options that can provide a broad spectrum of solutions to your personal growth.
It also creates more doors for opportunities to knock on.