Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Goals & Resolutions - Time Considerations

Part 4 in a series.  I've previously written about:
Consistency Counts

Quitting vs Achieving

Achievements vs Habits

Given unlimited resources, we could accomplish unlimited greatness.  Unfortunately time is a limited resource, and for many of us it's our most precious resource.

Emotion plays a big part in successfully accomplishing your goals.  Many people give up on an otherwise important goal simply because they feel over-committed - stressed out, physically tired, and emotionally drained.  Once they quit, they not only feel bad for quitting, but they become intimidated by the goal, and trying it again in the future becomes more challenging.

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Time Considerations

Considering how much time you have available, and how much you're willing to commit to accomplishing your goal(s), will go a long way towards determining your success.

There isn't a right or wrong in this area, but here are some things to consider as you craft your goals:

Achievement Goals will require a dedicated amount of time for a specific duration.  Once completed, however, you'll get that time back.  Training for a marathon and learning a new language are great examples of this.

Habit Goals might require a time commitment for the rest of your life.  Examples include exercising three times a week, or reading a new book each month (or week).  Where will this time come from?

Quitting Goals shouldn't require a time commitment; they will probably give you additional time back.  Time-suckers like watching TV, aimless internet surfing, and smoking (if you go outside to smoke) are common ideas that come to mind.

Where will you find the time needed to accomplish your goals?

Can you wake up earlier to work on your goal?  Can you go to bed later?  Can you work on your goal during your lunch break, or on the weekends?  Can you reduce the amount of TV you watch, and redirect that time to your goal?

Are you a morning person or a night owl?  Fitting your goals into your most productive time can mean the difference between success and failure.

Personally, I'm a morning person by nature.  I've found that I'm more successful with tasks needing mental energy or bursts of physical energy if I attack them in the morning, even if I have to get up extra early.  Reading, researching, writing, deep thinking, and strenuous workouts are things I try to hit in the morning.  At night I can do things that don't require me to be quite as proactive - things like answering emails, processing digital photos, and cardio exercise are great for me at night.

The adage "Plan your work, then work your plan" is an oldie but a goodie; working your plan will require some time management considerations.  I hope this helps you as you attack your goals & resolutions this year!

Your wishing there was more time in a day Realtor,

Chris Butterworth