Management. Whether it’s money management, time management, task management or relationship management, management is vital. Putting systems in place and creating a routine behind them is so important that I’m willing to bet most people are 80% more wasteful without them in place.
When it comes to managing our lives, the three most important management tools are time management, money management and task management. Food and other resource management will receive honorable mentions here, but are not in the top three.
Time is finite and unless we manage it properly, we’re bound to waste a lot of it on urgent and unpredictable responsibilities. When we don’t proactively manage anything, it manages us.
Time is no different. If we don’t create a schedule or routine for ourselves, we’ll be running late and taking longer than usual on all our tasks. We’ll be pretty much fighting fires our whole lives and scrambling around like a chicken with it’s head cut off.
Just like time, if you don’t have good management of your money, you’ll waste a lot of it. Tolls, coffee in the morning, eating out, random trips, upgrading your seats on a flight, paying for unnecessary services, etc.
If you don’t go over your spending at the end of the month and add up your bills and money left over, I suggest you do for at least three months. One you get an idea of what your spending is like and what you can correct, routine will take over thereafter.
Properly managing tasks based on their importance, urgency and length of time to complete. Knowing how to manage our tasks gives us a lot more free time and a lot more flexibility in our days.
For example, deadline driven projects and appointments are urgent, so they can take the highest priority in our day. Working on the app that you’re trying to release is important, but not as urgent because there are far less consequences if it isn’t done here and now. Helping your children with homework is also important, but doesn’t come before the other two tasks.
Knowing task management and organizing your days and weeks is vital. Knowing how to organize based on levels of urgency and importance is what will make all the different.