Time Management methods most often incorporate some element of the goal setting process, as a key ingredient for overall effective use of time. Whether in the personal or professional realm, goal setting is an important aspect in becoming a productive individual, who effectively manages time.
When speaking of “goals” this term will include any number of specific tasks which need to be completed, from household chores to major business proposals. Tasks to be performed are referred to as either short, medium, or long term goals, depending on the available time the individual has to complete them.
Short term goals may be thought of as daily goals. These often include everyday chores, as well as projects which need to be completed immediately. In effective time management a list of short terms goals is formulated, and each goal on that list is completed, on a daily basis.
Medium term goals are often goals that need to be completed within one week to one month of time. Depending on the amount of time required to complete the goal, a medium term may be broken up into smaller pieces, to be accomplished daily. For instance, a project which will take 6 to 7 hours to complete can be broken into pieces, requiring only 1 hour per day.
Long term goals can reflect major undertakings, such as obtaining a college degree, building a new home, or any number of other such goals. These goals are broken down into daily, weekly, monthly and even yearly goals.
For instance, to obtain a college degree in 4 years the individual will need to research financial options, register for classes, take and pass specific subjects, complete homework assignments etc… Long term goals are best managed when broken down into small sections, each one a step toward completion of the final goal.