Time Managers

The fundamental question to ask oneself is, “How badly does one want to learn how to manage one’s time well, and how much effort is one willing to put into it?”

According to Brian Tracy, the long established US management consultant and motivational speaker who recently overcame cancer after an illustrious consulting career, suggests that all successful people do things differently than the average person

What is the difference between a successful person and the rest of us that we meet every day in the office, at meetings or in business? Tracy claims to have invested many years investigating the subject and pursuing personal research to discover what in essence these (success) differences might be, and the impact on ‘Average Joe’s’.

We can presume that he started with himself.

So, why do some people become more successful than others? What’s your take on it? Are you as successful as you would like to be? Tracy lists the benefits of mastering one’s time:

  • earn more money
  • have better jobs
  • get promoted more often
  • live healthy lives
  • live longer

Drucker suggests that managing oneself is the key to effective time management. Tracy says that many people privately admit that they live lives of ‘quiet desperation’. Is this true for you. If I am honest there is some truth in it for me. Tracy appears to share the view of other business experts and personal development gurus when he states that anyone can learn how to be a successful time manager and then by practicing it over and over again will eventually succeed themselves.

Tracey emphasises that

All successful people (winners) use their time well, losers do not.

Good time managers know that time management is really about ‘Life Management’ or Personal Management. Peter F Drucker best known as the ‘Father of Management’ and the inspiration and foundation About the Drucker Institute, Claremont Graduate University famously wrote a paper published by the Harvard Business Publishing – the not for profit organisation entitled ‘Managing Oneself’, which details the key focus which lies at the root of time management and personal productivity.

Successful time managers can eagerly anticipate benefits and improvements to their personal and business performance, which can be considerable.

Tracy says good time managers can

  • Gain 2 hours a day in productivity
  • Increase one’s income
  • Rate of promotion
  • Increase life satisfaction

The fundamental question one must ask is, “How badly does one want to learn how to manage one’s time well, and how much effort are you willing to put into it?”

The key to time management is self discipline, in action, and self discipline is the key to success.

Instilling good time management in one’s business would need an external HR management consultant or firm of business human resource consultants. Instilling good time management in senior managers is more a question of coaching and training using the services of a leadership mentor.


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