21st Century Time Management for Busy Managers
Free Time Management Course – 21st Century Time Management
1.4. Lesson 2 - Responsibility
To create any change in your life you must first take FULL
RESPONSIBILITY. You are responsible for how you spend your time.
The 21st Century Time Management system can help you manage your
time much better and reduce your stress, but the system can’t do anything
on it’s own. YOU must take responsibility for making the system work.
Time management is much more about choices and decisions than
to do lists and appointments.
At times taking responsibility can be very hard to accept. Situations,
circumstances, other people (perhaps your boss or partner) seem to do
things that cause you to run out of time or feel stressed. You can sit back
and think “if they just left me alone I’d be able to manage my time well.”
There are always choices. Taking responsibility means you take the
viewpoint that you have choices in all situations.
Denying you are responsible means you look for reasons things do not go
your way. You blame others people or the circumstances . I am not saying
these things are not there. It does you no good to focus on those things,
because you can’t do anything about them. What you need to see is how
you contributed to the outcome and what you could do differently.
Try this activity now:
Think of a recent situation where you had to work hard to finish something
at the last minute (or you ran out of time before you got it done).
Write a briefly description of the situation.
List at least 5 of the reasons why you did not get this task done earlier:
NOW list at least 5 things you could have done to get the task done
How will you make sure that you continue to take responsibility?
Write down three main ways that you will keep yourself on track with
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