You have read 2 parts of time management. The following is the third part of the 10 point series in time management. Before you read the following points just keep in mind to practice what has been learnt.
5. Do not procrastinate
What you can do today, you should do today itself. In fact, if possible right now. Each one of us goes through a series of tasks and responsibilities that we have to perform every day, every week and sometimes every month. If only we did things on time we would not have to face embarrassment, lose time and energy at reinventing the wheel
Remember the old saying - A stitch in time, saves nine.
Look at the other side of the story now – Again, lets take the example of a credit card. Assuming that you have to pay a credit card bill and you very well know that the credit card payment is due on a certain date of the month, every month. You get the statement a couple of weeks in advance.
The banks give you enough time to make arrangements for money. Sometimes you make it up from your monthly salary. Other times you ask your friends or relatives to pay it for you. Whatever you have to do, you do and at the very fag end of the due date you somehow manage to scrape through.
More often than not, you end up paying a late fee for being just a couple of days late because the check that you submitted got realized only after a few days of you actually putting it through.
Now, think about this incident again – If you knew that there is a credit payment and that it is due every month on a certain date, why wouldn’t you make the arrangement before hand itself ? If you are in the habit of asking your friends and relatives, why do it at the last minute ? Couldn’t you just start working on it when the statement arrived ? Or better still, why wait for the month to be over for the payment to be made ? Can’t you drop in the check when you make the purchase itself ? These days your life is even more flexible with online banking, mobile banking etc. Why don’t you make use of the available resources and do things on or before time before it is too late ?
C’mon ! There are so many things that you can do to avoid procrastination. Yet you don’t realize how much of a time wastage it is to not do things on time. May be you will, one day.
My suggestion is at least don’t procrastinate the realization part, for heaven’s sake. If you don’t realise it now, it might be too late before the obvious becomes no more obvious.
You might end up craving for time….your entire life.
6. Always MAKE Decisions
My dad always says “Wrong decisions are better than indecisions”. Indecisiveness is the biggest enemy in your path to success. If you are not capable of making decisions and that too on time, you will regret for your life.
Because time will not wait for you. Remember the old saying “Time and tide waits for none”
If you have a dream and you constantly wish how you achieved those unachievables and suddenly an opportunity comes along your way, you keep staring at the opportunity analyzing what will be your benefit ? how much you will get ? is it worth the effort ? what will my papa, my mama, my pals etc think ? how do I devote time ? where can I get the investment ? etc etc, you will realize that before you realized that you have made a decision the opportunity has gone to someone else.
If you don’t make decisions quickly and effectively, chances are that you will take an eternity to make one. And if you are dreaming of becoming an entrepreneur, forget about dilly dallying. Just forget it. There is no time for decision making and most definitely, absolutely no scope for errors too.
While it is important to make decision, it is also important to make the right decisions. Decisions need to be made quick, but they need to be calculative as well. You can not sit an issue for long waiting for things to happen. It doesn’t work that way.
Successful are those who know how to make right decisions in no time.