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Newsgram’s Pick: 5 Effective Time Management Techniques

We will be throwing light on 5 most effective Time Management techniques

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Time Management. Pixabay

July 17, 2017:

“In his wisdom, God has given us a limited, finite number of hours and years to achieve our goals, both material and spiritual. He has given us these hours in sequence, day by day, month by month. If they are wasted, they are neither repeatable nor refundable. He gave the same amount to the rich & poor and to the young & old. Whatever success we may achieve in this life will come from the purpose to which we put God’s priceless gift –time ALBERT EINSTEIN

 Time is an invincible force which cannot be vanquished – at all. Successful people do not find time rather they make time; if you know how to master your time, you very well know how to master your life. People squander half of their time in redundant activities not realizing the essence of time wasted. Time can neither be destroyed nor can be created. However, it can be effectively managed by us. People learn the importance of time through their experiences, but some experiences can be disastrous and it may take away something you would not be able to replace ever. And therefore it is important to learn – How to manage “TIME”.

We will be throwing light on 5 most effective Time Management techniques below:

  • FREEDOM OF MIND

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Freedom of Mind

Freedom personifies sanity of mind. If only your mind is not at the pace of peace, how will you walk on the right path? Therefore you require a sound and healthy mind before you begin to execute your time. While most of us brood our mind with ordeals, least of us realize the ill effect of it in the long run. We are restricting ourselves from a well-balanced life. We are so pre occupied with least important things that we barely forget where our time belongs. What needs to be done is, pacifying the inner turbulence and eliminating the psychological clutter. Once you have attained the sanctity from within, you will be in a position to execute things rightly. And as rightly said “Freedom is a state of mind”, one must accept the well-known truth.

  • GOAL SETTING

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Goal Setting for Success. Pixabay

A goal can be understood as an individual’s ambitions or an aspiration. Goals can vary from one person to another depending upon – where the “bullseye” aimed at. Goal setting is a primitive approach towards time management. How does one set goals? It is a dual step process which deals with self-assessment and division of goals. Under mentioned steps explain how to set a goal.

  • Self assessment

Self-assessment is the foremost thing that needs to be done. It is very important to be acquainted with oneself. It means that you should know where your point of interest lies and what you want to do about it. Only then you will be able to implement your futuristic plans.

  • Divide your goals

There is no set format that one has to contain specific goals only, as mentioned earlier that goals can differ from one person to another. Split those goals into short term and long term goals. After classifying the goals set out for short terms and then long term goals evenly.

Also Read: Spending Time with Little Ones: 10 Documentaries to Watch with Your Kids! 

  • PRIORITIZE

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Priority Checklist. Pixabay

After having defined an individualistic goal, prioritizing will come into the picture. There is plenty of affairs in our life but knowing which ones are important and which ones are not is a little wearisome. Time management commands primacy, scarceness of which will make the job tougher for you. You cannot execute everything at once, of course, multi tasking exists but to a certain extent. One of the key aspects which shouldn’t be over looked here is the one-time execution approach which says “the cracking way to do everything at once is to do one thing at a time”. There will be a dire need to prioritize your duties. Dig out time for introspection; keep a hang of what holds primary importance in your life and by fulfilling which duties you feel more satisfied, what will be the future prospects of it or how long will you be benefitted from it. These are some of the questions you must be able to pose to yourself. When you know your priority and place rest of the things secondary, you will be in a better stance of mastering your time.

  • ORGANISE

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Organizing Work. Pixabay

Organizing deals with arranging tasks in a systematic manner so that they can be executed optimally. Proper organized work environment will increase the chances of individual meeting predetermined targets. Work environment needs to be well ordered. Through this way, productivity is increased and thus lead to a better time management. Organizing is directed towards achieving individual objectives. It develops clarity of work and finely tuned expertise of the job. As you organize your job meticulously, you tend to utilise the available resources more efficiently. Further, you will be able to adopt changes as and when required in your work and will thus be equipped to face new challenges in your job.

Organizing also reduces work load and carve out the creativity of an individual. To get a hold of this code, devise a table and allocate tasks according to your necessity, chop bigger problems into smaller ones and use the checklist to keep you on track. Organizing your task thusly is an important rule for time management. It isn’t about the perfect state of things rather it is all about “efficiency, reducing stress, saving time and money and improving a quality of life”.

  • FOCUS

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Focus aim. Pixabay

Your time management routine can go in vain if you lack focus in your work. One should be wary of the distracting forces and must make an attempt to get rid of them soon. One must never deviate from the focal point of work. Results aren’t obtained by focusing on them, but by focusing on the series of actions that produce results.

By Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94

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Aspiring to Become a Future CEO? Plan your Career with Efficacy and Security

Work on your ideas and plan your career like a CEO to spread your wings efficiently in the desired industry. Maybe, you're born to become a CEO!

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Secure the position of a CEO by taking the right steps towards your career goals. Pixabay.

Are you inspired by CEO’s like Sundar Pichai and Mark Zukerberg raging the global industry? Do you want to be a CEO yourself, someday?

  • Plan your career goals by setting an achievable priority based action plan 
  • Stop procrastinating; show some action instead that will help you explore yourself
  • Plan your career based on your level of efficiency, security and mental ability

Plan out a successful career that will enable you to get hold over the aspiring seat of a CEO and make an enthusiastic and encouraging future. The following tips will surely help you to plan your career like a CEO,

Engage in Self-exploration

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Self Exploration is the key to plan your career wisely. Pixabay.

The key to career planning and decision making is self exploration. You need to know yourself better to plan your career wisely. Explore your capabilities, hobbies, passion, interest, inborn talents that could work wonders. Get a job and a hands-on experience related to your interests to decide the stream that you can opt for. Ask yourself questions like : What do you love the most? What hobbies do you still carry from your childhood? Where do you picture yourself, five years down the line? Put down your choices and then strategize. It works the best with your own intuitions.

Examine the key Competencies and Skills Required

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Find out your skills and work on them to plan your career timely. Pixabay.

Before you plan your career, throw some light on the competencies that you already acquire and how you can utilize them for making some money and fame. After you select one or two career options, list down the skills that you would require to excel in the selected career. Fill out the empty skills by learning from work experiences within stipulated time and examine those skills on a regular basis. To plan your career, you need to understand time management and security position as well.

Find out Colleagues with Common Interests and Goals

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Seek help from people with common interest to plan your career. Pixabay.

You need to figure out atleast 5 people who are working in the same field that you desire to work on. Talk to them and know about the changes in the industry. While you plan your career, be curious to learn from every person you meet in your life. Those colleagues will  help you frame a strategy according to your common interests and goals. Meet them to get clear cut answers to your mysterious mind exasperating about the near future.

Stay Self Motivated and Energized

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While you plan your career, stay self motivated and energised. Pixabay.

If you’re looking forward to play the role of a CEO, you’ll have to maintain your position on top of the game. Staying self-motivated and energized will enhance your thirst to reach your goals. By now, you already know that career planning takes a lot of your energy and time, so plan your career where you can nourish and nurture yourself. Your daily morning routine should be inspiring and motivated due to your enthusiasm for work. Feed your day with the desired energy and motivation.

Stay Connected and Be a Jugadu’

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Stay connected and updated with the world.Pixabay.

Being a CEO is an efficient position where you need to be the resource person of your whole team anytime and everytime. You need to stay well connected with the one’s whom you think could help you out when in need, be it financial help or mental help. Plan your career in a way to make your Junoon so greedy that it does’t stop until you have reached the destination in reality.

Now, that you’re ready to think like a CEO, work on your ideas and plan your career to spread your wings efficiently. In the words of Steve Jobs,”You can’t connect the dots by looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust in something…your gut, destiny, life, karma.”

-Prepared by Bhavana Rathi of NewsGram. Twitter @tweet_bhavana

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Planning to Set a Goal? Here’s What You Need to Know!

Here is what you should know about setting goals in life. Learn the simple techniques on "How to Set Goals"

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Setting Goals. Pixabay

July 19, 2017:

When it comes to goal setting, one has many things on their mind. A goal could be anything from learning a musical instrument to set up a business. What’s important is a right strategy to achieve a goal. All the hard work can go in vain without a right strategy.

Here is what you should know about setting goals in life. Learn the simple techniques on How to Set Goals…

 BRAINSTORMING 

A good idea comes from brainstorming and people use it to come up with creative solutions to a specific problem. However, you need to use brain storming correctly for it to be fully effective. Brainstorming is an informal approach towards a problem with a lateral thinking. It encourages people to come up with wicked solutions possible, which in turn become effective and creative solutions in later stages. When you are in idea generation phase, you need not worry about its pros and cons, for that does not matter at this stage.

 RESEARCH 

The next deal is fact finding and developing a hypothesis based on some research. Research is important for reaching an effective conclusion and proactively reaching your goals. This is a phase of gathering information and formations of opinions and assumptions. The factual information can be collected through any personal observation or consultation of experts.  This will lead to a school of thoughts towards a goal; assumptions are helpful because it is relatively not possible to find all the facts.

 WHAT KIND OF GOAL? 

The goal can be of any kind varying from short term goal to personal goals. And hence it is important to know what kind of goal you are thriving on. Depending upon its kind, the effects of the goals differ.

Here’s how your goal should look like – ‘Smart Goals’

Specific.Measurable.Achievable.Relevant.Time-bound

Specific

The smart goals approach starts begins with precision ie, the goal should be specific and clear. The brevity of the subject matter is extremely important. Those who reach a specific goal reaches high efficacy. The goal should be such that it underlines the strategic planning as well.

Measurable

A dissertation from Management by objective (MBO) says that “if you can’t manage it, how will you measure it”, and hence it becomes important to be able to measure your objectives through a standard medium.

Achievable

Setting objectives seems to be an easy task but it should be attainable as well. (You cannot aim for a luxurious car if that’s a far-fetched dream). The objective should thus be within the boundaries of achievement.

Relevant

Relevance is to do with how different objectives are supporting each other and contributing towards overall success without creating conflict and tensions.

Time bound

Setting deadline will help you achieve objectives on time. Deadlines create focus and stimulate a prompt action. Always ensure the time set for meeting targets is enough or not.

 ACTION PLAN 

Having applied the SMART Goal setting to the plans, it becomes mendacious to drive an action plan for execution of the desired objective. Make sure you have an action plan towards each objective and have a copy of each objective. Discuss and finalize action plan and put review dates in your diary and ensure that you stick to them.

The Goal setting process doesn’t end here, you will also need to inculcate a mindset that will help you achieve the goals.

  •  Priority 

Prioritizing is all about giving the rightful importance to a specific goal. For instance, if you have two different goals for say, one is to learn swimming and another to get a job, you must be firm in prioritizing the right goal. Also, note that it is not always important to prioritize one goal over the other, you should be able to focus on what you do. This exercise is very helpful in the attainment of goal as you will be able to devote time to each goal independently without any overlapping.

  •  Consistency 

As rightly said “consistent actions create consistent results”, Consistency holds chief importance. One needs to keep working consistently towards the attainment of the goal. Consistency commands a strong will power and an uncompromising mindset. Lack of consistency can bring a lack of interest and an unfulfilled goal.

  •  Motivation 

Turn the possibility into actions by keeping yourself motivated. “I can do it” is a possibility whereas “I will do it” is action oriented. Positive motivation inhibits a positive spirit in you which will help you in achieving the desired goal. You can begin with thinking about the future prospects after the fulfilment of the goal or the rewards you will win. As you begin to do this, you will notice a huge amount of difference in your confidence and enthusiasm. For instance, if you want to get a good job, you will think about the materialistic benefits you will attain after the job. How will the job make you financially sound? How strong it will project your image in society.

  •  No overloading 

You can’t work for 10 goals in a day until you’ve an extraordinary strength. So set limited goals and do your best to achieve them. You can set 2-3 goals at a time and start with others once you’ve achieved your earlier targets.

  •  Commitment 

Whether an individual or a team objective, you need to understand your role in the completion of the objective. One should be clear about their roles and how they fit in the completion of objectives. Once they are clear about it, the commitment towards the goal becomes more tenacious.

  •  Challenges 

Make each of the targets a challenge while setting objectives. Nevertheless, how challenging the task is, you should be ready to face the challenge posed by each objective. Be cautious in not making the objective a stretching one so that it becomes unattainable.

  •  Complexity 

As an individual, you should be aware of your potential and the calibre. Make sure that the complex objective is broken into simpler one and allow sufficient time for each of them. You need to maximize the probability of success.

  •  Accept failures as well 

The more failure you can accept, the greater chances of success you will have. Failures are a part of life and a stepping stone towards success. If you don’t fail, you will not learn from your mistakes. Do not lose heart in case of an encounter with failure.

– by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94