Carpe diem, seize the day, live life fully, make the most of every opportunity. Getting up each morning and going to work in your dream job – how awesome does that sound. Isn’t that the very thing we are were put on this earth to do – to experience life fully?
What a strong and liberating message “Carpe Diem” holds: life is now and life will always only be now. It’s only in the present moment that we can experience, joy, happiness and contentment. So it is up to you to take this responsibility upon yourself and seize it fully.
Yet – Carpe diem, also holds the message not to waste a single moment. It means giving your all, being the best you can be. As you have learned from the Personal Leadership tutorial that’s not easy. It takes a fair amount of commitment and hard work. So why would you do it? Because you owe it to yourself, you deserve it! Don’t you?
You have begun your journey towards your dream job by:
- Developing a strategic plan which leverages your strengths and works on your weaknesses
- Deciding on which career you want to pursue based on your unique personality and skill sets, and
- setting some compelling goals covering the 4 pillars or foundation stones of life (body, mind, heart and soul)
What next? In this tutorial, you will learn a time management system that will keep you focused on the bigger picture. It does this by ensuring that you are always prioritising and then completing those activities that will move you closer towards your objectives. You will become more aware of how you spend your time and as a result be able to make smarter decisions on a daily basis.
With competition at an all-time high, your ability to manage your time will be key in determining whether you implement your Career and Life Plans. Those that don’t, tend to be slaves to the clock, never having the freedom to do the things they really want to. Let’s start by looking at the underlying principles of time management.
Principle #1 – The 80/20 Rule
80% of the results you achieve in life come from 20% of the activities that occupy your time. Put another way, out of 5 things you do in a day, only 1 will yield long-lasting results. These are what we call high-impact activities. Just think for a moment of all the activities you do on a daily basis, how many of them will have an impact on your life even one month from now?
The question is then, what should you be spending your time on? You should be spending time doing those things that are in line with your career plan while at the same time enriching your life. These include:
- taking care of your health
- improving your knowledge and the way you think
- investing time and energy into important relationships and networks, and
- renewing your spirit by connecting to the wonders around you
These are just a few of the high impact activities that will allow you to design the life that you deserve.
Principle #2 Important versus Urgent
Successful people understand the difference between activities that are important and those that are urgent. They are priority-driven focusing their attention on what is really important and have no time to waste on those things that are not. They are also always wary of time thieves. These are people that are time wasters and want to engage you in meaningless activities. You must be ruthless with your time and learn to say no! Don’t be frightened to shut the world out if you need time to concentrate on an important task. For instance, don’t be a slave to your phone! You don’t have to answer your phone every time it rings. It is there for your convenience, not the convenience of others.
Principle # 3 Just Do It!
Are you a procrastinator? How many times do you find yourself putting off something either because it is difficult or, because you simply don’t like doing it? As a result, you find yourself doing a much less productive activity, which really, is just “killing time”. The most productive people have cultivated a habit of doing those things that less productive people don’t like doing, even though they may not like doing them. Remember at some stage you will still have to do that activity that you have put off. So why not, “Just do it”.
These principles are at the very core of the KickStart Time Management System. Living your life by these principles will help you develop the mind-set that you need to implement your career plan. The Tips and Start Now Exercises include a step-by-step guide on how to implement the system. It’s now time to break free from the shackles of what you are not and to set free the person you were meant to be. Carpe Diem – seize the day!