Success takes time…literally. Almost everything that we want to have or accomplish in life takes time, such as building a business, losing weight, strengthening a marriage, getting a degree and climbing the corporate ladder. Our days are limited to 24 hours and we only have 7 days in a week. We already know exactly how much time is available to us, so why does it always seem as if we’re “racing against the clock?”
Well, even though we only have 24 hours in each day, we live in a world in which there are consistent expectations for us to accomplish more in those 24 hours than we did the year, month, week or day before. Our time doesn’t increase, but the demands placed upon us increase almost daily. We feel the pressure of time when there’s an imbalance between the demands placed upon us and the time that we have available to meet those demands.
Our globally connected society also contributes to the demands on our time. We are accessible anywhere and at any hour. This leads to working around the clock. Many people work from home, work while their having a meal, work while their watching TV, and even work while they’re on vacation. The boundaries that used to exist between work, home and our social lives have almost been eliminated.
Demands upon our time also come in the form of information overload and the complexity of choosing between hundreds of options. We are bombarded with information all the time and from all directions. Trying to keep up and stay on top of everything that comes our way is a time-consuming effort in and of itself.
Yet, because we don’t want to miss anything or get left behind, we labor to do it all. In every second that the clock ticks, we continue to try and do it all, to review it all, to know it all and to buy it all – and rarely do we have the time to actually enjoy what we’re doing or what we have.
So is there a way to fulfill all of the demands placed upon us effectively and also enjoy the limited amount of time that we have?
Prioritizing your life and optimal management of your time is the key to leading an exceptional personal and professional life. The only way to master your time and be more productive is to concentrate on what’s really critical and important for your success. If success takes time– you will never be successful if you don’t learn how to optimize your time and prioritize your life?
Optimizing your time starts with a shift in your mindset. Here are 6 mindset adjustments that will help you to live a successful and stress free life:
- Focus on working faster and smarter – not harder
- Take control of your day, delegate when needed, and don’t allow yourself to become overwhelmed
- Get comfortable saying “no”; if the task or activity does not move you closer to accomplishment of your goals
- Start each day with what’s critical, prioritize the balance of your day, and manage interruptions
- Stop procrastinating and start getting things done
- Consider time with your family and time for yourself to be sacred – no exceptions