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Time Management

Time is the great equalizer for any creative endeavor.

We each have 24 hours in a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year. That’s it. No more, no less.

True, we won’t all have the same number of days in our lives. However, for the duration of our days on earth, time will be meted out in equal measure. How you choose to use yours sets you apart from the next person. Those choices ensure your individuality.

It is crucial to our health and well-being to feel that we control the clock and not feel that the clock controls us. And so we seek to manage our time, to take charge, or seize the day. Effective time management means prioritizing and learning to schedule. Effective time management reduces stress, alleviates anxiety, and increases efficiency and productivity. It also enables us to enjoy our lives in full measure.

Make Time for Creative Goals

Your short and long term goals will govern how you use your time. These goals are all linked by your priorities and values. If you value writing (or any type of creative endeavor) it needs to be a priority.

We make priorities of what we value. Then we allocate our time accordingly. Values are choices. They are also beliefs that guide our choices. To feel that we are using our time in the best possible ways, our goals should be consistent with our priorities and values.

Sometimes we need to clarify our values and the time spent doing this is well spent. (It can save time later on.) If your current time-management practices leave you feeling rushed, frazzled, or bored, take charge and control your clock. Don’t let the clock control you.

What Do You Value?

The first step toward this goal is knowing what you do value. Create a list from 1 (highest value) to 10 (lowest value).

Some areas to consider:

  • education
  • friends
  • family
  • health
  • religion/church
  • work
  • helping others

Where did writing/being creative fall on your list of values?

Spoiler Alert: Your top 5 values are your current priorities.

Are your goals in line with these priorities? Are you allocating your time accordingly? Take stock.

What are your 5 most important values? Let us know in the comments below!

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4 Comments

  1. Really liked your style of writing!! We have some tips to share on time management https://vivabooksindia.wordpress.com/2018/06/26/time-management-for-success-at-work/. Hope you will like them.

    1. chrispavesic says:

      Thanks for commenting!

  2. Well said Chris. Good time management is the key to getting the next book written.

    1. chrispavesic says:

      Do you have any time-management tips to share? I am always looking for advice from my fellow authors. 🙂

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