Knowing Your Goals is Important for Managing Your Time

Before you can get down to the specifics of managing your time you need to know your goals.

Do you know what matters most?

Dr Banfield from Harvard University concluded that having a "long-term perspective" was a key component to personal success.

So it is critical to understand what is important to you and where you are heading in your life before you can make decisions about how to spend your time.

What things are most important to you? Career? Family? Relationships? Financial security? Health?

Do you have a long-term perspective on these different areas of your life?

Now I think that most people know what is important to them and what really drives their long-term performance. The problem is that there is so much in today's society that pulls us off what is important - email, time poor, stress, reactive work environment....

So knowing what matters most is often not enough!

This is where time management comes in.

The connection between having a long-term perspective and time management is that a long-term perspective gives you direction about how to structure your time and to do what is important to you.

Good time management takes the long-term view and brings it into the present picture by ensuring that you protect your time for those things that matter most.

I talk more about weaving a life that is aligned to your priorities throughout this website.

If you think that you don't have clear idea about what you want to achieve and how you are going to get there, then you can gain clarity on your long-term perspective here or partake in our 7 lesson course.

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