Effective Time Management – PART I

“A man who dares to waste one hour of life has not discovered the value of life.” – Charles Darwin

Do you want to know the number one thing I get asked when I describe what I’m working on or doing? “How do you find the time?” Since so many people ask me this question about how I fit in time to accomplish my goals, I realized they must not know how to do the same.   It’s a common topic but an important one to goal achievement – effective time management.

Key success tip: Spend time with people and books that matter to help move you toward goal achievement.

Our society overflows with distractions and ways to keep you unfocused on goals. The establishment has labeled a modern disease called ADD to give people another excuse for their inabilities to focus and suggest they can’t make their goals. 
 I’m not saying ADD doesn’t exist. I am suggesting that anyone, despite one disability or another, could come up with dozens of obstacles to achieve goals. I’m not going to give you more reasons, including lack of ability to focus, to prevent you from reaching your goals. You can easily come up with any excuse or barrier. An effective time management process that you repeat every day will help you move past any barriers, including the number one excuse I hear most frequently: not enough time. Eliminate these 3 words from your vocabulary, “Not enough time and learn to say the powerful two-letter word, no.”

It’s almost impossible to meet short- or long-term life goals when you fail to manage your
 time. Without effective time management, you will never take minor steps toward goal achievement. You have to learn to better manage your time and/or avoid distractions. You have to learn to maintain focus. I do understand how easy it is to get off track. It works like this: something comes up, you move on to another task, and the next thing you know you is off-course. The good news is: help is widely available. You can select from books, seminars, online software and paper-based organizers that promise to solve the problem of time management. You can also use a paper day planner, dry-erase calendar, reminder service, mini-digital recorder, outsourced services, etc. Whatever your chosen tool, do select a process that works best for you. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. Get an organizer (digital or paper) and learn not to over-manage it. : DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU – AND JUST DO IT.

By Wayne Kurtz

Wayne Kurtz is founder of RaceTwitch.com and Endurance Racing Report,  he has a lifelong passion for racing in various endurance sport races throughout the world. He is also the author of: ‘Beyond the Iron, a training guide for ultra-distance triathlons.’