Lesson 1 – Time Management

The Power of Change

It takes time to make time work for you

There is a very expensive weight loss clinic in New York State that won’t take people who aren’t prepared to make small changes in their life. They arrive at the clinic expecting to get a diet that will make them thinner. Instead, they are asked to go home and fill out a journal of all the changes they can make in their lives in a week. They may want to drive to work a different way or sit at a different place when they sit down to a meal. They may try sleeping on the other side of the bed or making little changes in their early morning routine.

When people go back to the clinic at the end of the week, staff members evaluate the changes the person was able to make. If these changes aren’t successful, they are not accepted into the program. They are told, “If you can’t change these small things, how will you make the major changes required to learn new ways of thinking about food?”

Are you truly ready to try making a few changes after this course?

Think about the following questions:

  • What do you believe are your top three priorities/objectives in your position?
  • What do you believe are the top three obstacles to working on your priorities or meeting your objectives at the moment?
  • On a scale of one to ten, how organised would you rate yourself?
  • What are the top three things you think you must do in order to be more organised?
  • What would you do with any additional time if you found a way to give it to yourself?

What do you believe are your typical strategies for managing your work and your time? Most of us try one of the following techniques when we get snowed under:

  • Work harder
  • Work faster
  • Get organised

We all have the power of choice. Your organisational style is a result of the choices you make on a minute by minute basis.