At the beginning of each new year, many people set a slew of goals they’d like to accomplish. Whether it revolves around money, fitness, education, family, friends, or something totally unique, these goals tend to be a new habit or behavior that you’d like to adopt. But as you may find out early into January, accomplishing something new takes time. Going to the gym a few days a week takes planning. Saving a certain amount of money each month means you need time to set a budget and monitor it. All goals add something new to your plate – which may already be full.
Between your job, family, and other commitments, your life may feel hectic. Fitting in yet another task to accomplish each day seems daunting, which can get in the way of accomplishing those things you really want or need to do this year.
Time management, therefore, is critical to accomplishing your goals. By setting a few key time management strategies in place, you can free up a time to get going on the things that really matter to you.
Accomplishing a goal means scheduling your time. Planning and scheduling are habits that may take some time to form, but once you have them set in stone, it becomes so much easier to save time for things that truly matter. If you’re interested in gaining muscle this year, for example, add appointments in your calendar to go to the gym. Pledge to stick to those time slots just as you would a doctor’s appointment.
There will always be more and more demands on your time, so stop waiting for the “right time” to start working towards your goals – anytime is the right time! Even if you start to pick away at your goal slowly to start, any activity will get you in the habit of incorporating that skill or time into your daily life.
Get going! Set plans in motion to accomplish your goal as soon as you decide the goal that’s right for you. The more you procrastinate, the less chance you’ll have to accomplish it. Start scheduling today.
Don’t rush results. XX percent of resolutions fly out the door come February. That’s often because many people expect instant results – and when they don’t see those results, they give up. We’re here to tell you NOT to give up! Accomplishing great things takes time. And with the time management habits we’ve delineated above, you’ll be fitting in your goals in no time.
How do you fit in time to accomplish your goals? What time management strategies do you use? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!