Your subconscious mind is a potent tool that dictates your behaviour surrounding time management. You can choose to be an effective individual or a disorganised individual.
In the first instance, you have to decide that you will become an expert in time management and overcome your previous programming, and therefore choose to be the most influential person you are ever likely to meet.
You must decide that you are going to the person that others will follow, as an excellent example of someone who manages his time effectively.
Your Subconscious Mind and How to Program it Effectively
There are specific mental techniques that will assist you in your quest to be an effective individual.
- Take a leaf from someone you believe manages their time effectively.
Is there a person that you admire for their time management skills? If there is such a person in your life, I recommend that you follow their example. Should you arrive at a situation where your time management skills are not put in place, try to think about what your friend would do in such a situation. What action do you think they would take? Follow their example, and act on it. It is a game that you have to enact; that is the way to learn. Sometimes you get it right, and other times it may not be the correct decision. Keep persevering; others will look up to you, just as you initially did with your influential friend.
Action speaks louder than words. How many times do we hear this? A majority of people will constantly talk about what they will do, but few take action on what they say. Why does this happen? I have noticed that men go off on a tangent regarding their plans and how they will be great at what they do. Women quietly listen, and when it transpires that the man doesn’t do what he says that he will, the women remind the men about the need to act and not talk.
Without action, you are postponing your future and your plans. We all have fear, but it is the action that conquers fear. Organise yourself to have time management taken care of by acting swiftly on your impulse.
Your mind needs to hear what you expect of yourself. Do you want to be successful? You need to act as if you are already successful. You are what you say to yourself every day—one of the essential elements that you need to practice constantly. By repeating to yourself, positive affirmations will come to pass. Your mind soaks up what you tell it. It doesn’t differentiate between right and wrong, and it listens to what you say. Repeating positive affirmations make you feel, act and behave as a positive person. Negative words will bring you down at every opportunity. Beware. A hostile world may surround us with all its problems, but we do not have to be part of that world. I fell into a negative mode when things were not going good for me, but I realised that I had to change my thinking into positive thinking. Repetition changed my attitude towards everything daily, and now I try to maintain that positive repetition.
The Psychology of Time Management
Your self-esteem governs how you feel about yourself, most of the time. Your self-esteem projects to all how you think about yourself. What image are you portraying to the person in front of you? Your self-esteem increases when you are working effectively, and your self-esteem goes south when you are not. Why is this? People manage their time well, feel positive, confident and in charge of their lives. Your positive attitude is the image that you must impress on people.
Organising yourself and being a productive person makes you control your environment. When you are not in control, then someone else will in control of you. You must show your boss, work colleagues and ultimately yourself that you are in control because your time management skills are putting you on the road to success.
Everyone has a chance to be good at time management. You can attend courses, read articles and books and practice various time management systems, but if you see yourself as inferior at time management, none of these extras will help you. If you are late for meetings or do not meet deadlines promised to others, you will be disorganised and therefore not dependable.
You need to develop a specific time management habit, like meeting your deadlines early or arriving five minutes early at the meeting. It would be best if you decided that you will change the necessary habits to perfect your time management from now on. It is the first significant step.
Once you have decided, you begin to repeat yourself, “I am good at time management”. “I can do this task on time”. “I am going to be early at every meeting”. “I am very organised and highly productive”. This repetition will begin to change you as an organised person. Your subconscious mind will accept this instruction, and you will become more effective at time management.
Until the next time, keep feeding the subconscious mind.