1. Does what I am doing add
value to my life (and times of pure fun and relaxation are
2. What will happen if I don't
3. Can I delegate
4. Can I spend less time on
* SOME COMMON TIME
2. Drop-in Visitors
4. Crisis Management
5. Lack of Objectives,
Priorities a Daily plan
6. Cluttered Desk, Personal
8. Attempting too Much at
9. Lack of Clear
10. Inadequate, Inaccurate
11. Indecision and
12. Confused Responsibility and
13. Inability to Say
14. Leaving Tasks
15. Lack of
* MORE COMMON TIME WASTERS
1. Planning (lack
2. Priorities (lack
7. Lack of Self
9. Attempting too
10. Inability to say
20% of activity gives 80% of
results and 80% of activity gives 20% of results (known as the
* Focus on the important few
activities, not the trivial many.
* The key is self
* "First we make habits, then
habits make us."
* TIME TIPS FOR THE
Get the news only once a day -
in only one form - read the paper or watch television or listen
to the radio, but vary the form so you don't get the news through
one bias. Don't worry about or spend time on things irrelevant to
you, eg.. reading every bit of the newspaper.
Unless it is crucial for your
business, the news is not only depressing (don't worry about it,
unless you can do something about it), but it gives a distorted
picture of life.
If you can't sleep, don't waste
time lying in bed. Get up and do something.
Use an answer phone.
Walk out of a poor movie or
show. You've already wasted the money - so don't waste the time
Plan your leisure. Don't expect
your free time to fall into place by itself. Plan your weekends
as carefully as you plan your weeks...and it's OK to do
Don't read a book, just because
it has been given to you - if it doesn't interest you, give it to
someone who would be interested.
Stop going to social events you
would rather avoid - life's too short. On the other hand, don't
miss a social event you would enjoy just because you feel
If you enjoy something it
revitalises you. But remember - there is usually work
"Never hurry - and don't worry
- and don't forget to stop and smell the flowers."
- Walter Hagen, American Golfer
"What I do with this day is
important, because I have exchanged a day of my life for
"Take rest; a field that has
rested gives a beautiful crop."
I like the words of the Simon
and Garfunkel song:
"Slow down, don't you go so
fast" from 'Feeling Groovy'. Not that I feel that way here in
"Sleepy Hollow" in the beautiful country that is
So just take and plan your time
"Yesterday is a cancelled
cheque, tomorrow is a promissory note, today is ready cash - use
WHEN YOU TAKE CONTROL OF TIME,
YOU TAKE CONTROL OVER YOUR LIFE.
About the Author: Craig Lock has written extensively in the field of self
help. This extract is from his first published book HANDBOOK TO
SURVIVE - a collection of writings on various subjects to help
every man or woman survive in a rapidly changing, uncertain
world. HANDBOOK can be purchased at:http://www.craiglock.com/books.html