About Beginning with the End in Mind (Covey)
How is it possible to multiply time when we all have the same 24 hours in a day?
Stephen Covey in his book "The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People" made a huge impact on me and while all his habits are worthy and important, the second one is often forgotten.
"Begin with the end in mind"
One might initially believe that it is about time management
, but it's much more than that. It is about imagination and is based on the principle that all things are created twice – the mental creation and then the physical, actual one. So, in his words "If you don't make a conscious effort to visualize who you are and what you want in life, then you empower other people and circumstances to shape you and your life by default."
Each day you need to plan for success and have a clear vision as you plan the day, your direction and destination. This allows managers to put goals into focus, move ideas to become reality and lead with success in mind.
I also found that by doing this you multiply your time
. You learn to focus on exactly what needs to be done that day – and do not allow distractions to change your focus. I understand that some situations need immediate attention in management, but these need to be considered, timed in or even procrastinated. Procrastination is not always negative. People who multiply their time place significance as a parameter. One does not need to worry about getting everything done now, or today – there are many tasks which can be left until tomorrow.
And by allowing oneself this freedom you can multiply time by spending time on things today that give you more time tomorrow.