Lesson 1 – The Power of Change

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The Power of a Change
It takes time to make time work for you. If you are truly going to make any difference in your life because of today, you have to be prepared to make some changes. You must implement what you learned if you are going to change, and to reap the rewards from what you learn.
In this lesson you will have a chance to think about the long-term benefits of managing your time well by creating a list of things that you would like to do in your lifetime. We will also guide you through an exploration of your current time management strategies using your pre-assignment questions as food for thought.
Your Bucket List
There is an expression from somewhere that says no one ever lay on their deathbed and said, “I should have spent more time at work.” At the end of their lives, people mostly think about people they love, particularly their family. We even tell our children to treasure their relationships with family, because it’s not usually the boss who comes to hold your hand when you are lying on your deathbed.
To get us started in thinking about time management and peak performance in the best way possible, let’s put life into perspective.
My Bucket List
Write down 50 things that you want to accomplish before you die. If you can’t think of 50, it’s OK – just write down as many as you can think of!
Changing Our Perspective
Our days seem full to bursting with meetings, e-mail, voice-mail, projects, and task lists as long as your arm. Is it any wonder when we get to the end of a week and say, “Wow, where did that week go? I can’t believe it’s gone already!”
In this session, you will explore how to make time for four priorities: connecting with people, paperwork, reading, and exercise. Then, you will apply your knowledge to a case study to help Myron get on top of his workload for the long term.
Making Changes
It would be hard to find a person who hasn’t read a book or taken a workshop on time management, or at the very least thought about time management. Everyone is interested in learning to use their time more wisely.
However, traditional time management wisdom only works well for some people. We’ve assembled ideas here that aren’t just encouraged by time management teachers. We’ve tested them ourselves and bring the very best to you! We’ve scoured the research to consider the range of personality types, and also looked to techniques that have been researched and applied to people from all walks of life. Because, let’s face it, we’re all different, so we need different tools to collect and consider before figuring out which ones will work the best in our own situation.
The truth is, we can all probably rearrange some things and do things differently. The result will be that we increase our personal efficiency, and enjoy life too.
Of all the high priorities that we consider, we generally find the following four are the most neglected. See if you can relate to any of these. Neglecting any or all of them can be at a high cost.