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Essential Habit #4: Effective Time Management

Effective time management is a crucial aspect that can influence your overall happiness and sucess. How well you manage the precious time you have says a lot about what you are capable of achieving. Also, since all of us have equal amount of time in this world, how you leverage this resource will determine your potential for success. We all have 24 hours a day, with 1,440 minutes or 86,400 seconds. Not one person, regardless of how they look, whether they are wealthy or poor, their race and religion, or their geographic location has more time than the other. People who manage time effectively can handle their responsibilities in life and manage to juggle everything appropriately. They pay attention on their goals in the long run and proritize activities that will strive to motivate them instead of dragging them behind. Therefore, it is essential to implement a good system for managing time and make it habitual. This isn’t difficult to do but requires conscious and consistent effort to make it happen.

Once this habit has been adapted into your daily routine, virtually anything is possible and it wouldn’t be a problem to attain any goals in life. At times, isolation is the most effective technique to complete your to-do list. Keep in mind that the best reward for your effort and discipline is that you have completed all the things you had to do. However, when we fail to manage time effectively, most likely that our stress and worries would increase. We tend to get so distracted daily responding to life’s stressors and thus fail to tackle things preemptively that will help us get rid of unwanted crises or emergencies in the near future. For example, we forget to settle our bills, miss important meetings, and neglect our activities to pursue our goals.

Without proper time management, we have the tendency to procrastinate, become too socially active and also binge-watch series. Left unmanaged and uncontrolled, mobile phones, text messages and emails, more laptops and gadgets make us constantly available and attentive for long periods of time. So much precious time were taken away from more important long-term goals. Eventually, we end up feeling depressed when our wants or necessities in life aren’t fulfilled. Instead of making good use of time advancing towards our goals, we would regret at that moment as we realized that we are a few steps further away from reaching our goals due to time spent doing unecessary activities. As a result, it is clear that it’s not about the amount of time we have that causes unhappiness or discourage us from reaching our goals, it’s about how we can make full use of the little precious time we have.

On the other hand, it is important to manage time effectively as having too much or too little to do may be harmful to our mental health. If we get too busy, we won’t have sufficient time for self-enhancement which would prevent us from learning and growing. Conversely, if we have too little to do, we will begin overthinking everything in our lives which does not only drastically boost our stress levels, but would also not help us to blossom. The importance of effective time management can bring a positive impact to our lives by allowing us to continuously feel balanced, productive and inspired.

Essential Habit #5: Efficient Goal-Setting

 Even in the best of times, long-term goals may appear overwhelming. However, by adopting a daily goal-setting strategy, this can be overcomed by focusing on the one-day-at-time, short-term scenarios. Efficient goal setting means setting the right intention where you’re clear about what you want to achieve. No matter what your goal is; short-term and small, or long-term and grandiose, you are required to take actionable steps in order to attain your goals. You should ensure that your goals are difficult enough to stimulate your interest and keep you motivated but not so laborious that you realistically have zero chance of achieving them.

As you can see, the comparison between setting a goal to become a world-class air pilot and setting a goal to literally fly a bird are two completely different goals. Finally, you need to have a constant check back on your goals to make sure you are on the right track to achieving them. It is pointless and time-consuming to set goals you have no intention of achieving them. Normally, what prevents us from succeding in life is our failure in setting goals appropriately.

Recently, a study has shown that only approximately 8% of the population who make a new year resolution actually attain them. Apart from those New Year’s resolution, its very common for most of the people to set goals without having the intention to achieve them. Definitely, we’ve all set goals before but eventually gave up in the end due to the inefficient process of setting goals. Whenever we set goals which are passive, we often just say it for fun but we don’t actually note down the goals and list all out with full details, nor make a plan to achieve them. As a result, we either end up failing or gave up on our goals.

On the other hand, others who have appropriate goal-setting, the SMARTER technique tend to have higher chances to achieve success. SMARTER goals are defined by as (S)pecific, (M)eaningful, (A)chievable, (R)elevant, and (T)ime-Based goals which are (E)valuated, with a (R)e-Adjusted approach which have been set until you achieve success. This is a crucial process to acheive success and those who don’t follow this goal setting would find goal attainment way tougher. SMARTER goals only work when you start writing your goals down on paper. Include what you want to achieve specifically and elaborate it in full details without missing out any important points. For instance, don’t just mention you aim to be a millionaire or to become fit.

State an exact figure on how much you aim to earn and an accurate quantity of pounds that you aim to lose as well as include a specific date for its attainment. If the goals you set are meaningful where they aren’t just superficial goals which keep you motivated, you’re halfway there. In addition, lofty goals are also discouraged as you don’t want to end up getting disappointed. For instance, you aim to earn a billion bucks within 1 year but you’re currently having a heavy debt burden. Having progress on our goals contirbutes to more positive emotions and more fulfillment with life. Also, it boosts our well being and overall happiness. Consequently, positive emotions drives up our motivation to act. This is a win-win situation if we can just get started with the setting of SMARTER goals.

S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Goal Setting
This is a mnemonic acronym that can be applied to goals in a way that makes them easier to tackle. This originally dates back to a November 1981 publication in an issue of Management Review, penned by George T. Doran, which addressed S.M.A.R.T. goal setting when referring to businesses management’s objectives. S.M.A.R.T. goals are goals that are specific, meaningful, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. As you can see, the acronym, S.M.A.R.T. is a play on words.
But, S.M.A.R.T.E.R. goal setting takes this two steps further, forcing you to evaluate and readjust your approach. This added sense of measurement and readjustment is critical to the achievement of anything in life. All too often, we tend to set our goals, but not put any type of measurement to them. When we don’t measure and track something, it becomes far easier for the mind to trick us into either putting things off or thinking that we’ve come further along than we really have.


Video: Setting SMART Goals – How To Properly Set a Goal (animated)


It is your choice to make your own decision in life. Would you like to reach for the stars or remained trapped in the endless loop of dull working life? Are you willing to get out of the comfort zone and strike happiness and success? Remember, nothing is holding you back except yourself. Start practicing these healthy habits and take actions to attain success and live your life to the fullest. I wish you the best of luck in overcoming challenges you face and conquering the negative force of life which prevents you from being happy and from achieving fulfilment in life.


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