Anyone will tell you that the key to developing a new habit is consistency, but that’s too vague for most people. Before you can be consistent at anything, a foundation needs to be laid to promote hat consistency.
Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconcious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character.
Time management is important because without time, we can’t do anything. Rushing and time constraints can destroy consistency. This leads to poor management and sloppy work of whatever assignment at practice.
Put emphasis on urgency before importance. Getting a bill paid on time or working around anything time sensitive should take priority. Next would be the very important stuff, but the stuff that isn’t under a time restricted deadline. This would be a long term goal that you may be working on. You don’t want to neglect it and put it off, so it comes right after the time restricted stuff.
Leave entertainment for last. Getting caught up in the vortex of youtube and Facebook is a recipe for disaster. Add up all the hours in a month wasted snooping around on Facebook or clicking the “related videos” on youtube. You’d be surprised at how much time you actually waste.
Composure is another big one. If you crack easily under pressure, you’ve got to make a leap of faith. Not everyone can be consistent if they’re feeling uncomfortable, but feel uncomfortable enough and you’ll start to feel comfortable. Does that make sense?
So in other words, it’s one big loop. If you keep you stay dedicated to your schedule, you will become more consistent. If you become more consistent, you’ll have more certainty in your life which will contribute to the feeling of confidence. Confidence will help you keep your composure. Keeping your composure will keep you consistent.
The quicker you get your time management in order and put whatever habit you are trying to adopt on your time management, to-do list, the faster you will develop it. As long as you don’t derail that train, the habit will develop quicker than you think.