What happened to the first half of 2022? It feels like January a few days ago. We are already midyear and some of us are wondering where all our me went, especially when we have barely achieved any of the goals we set for ourselves at the beginning of the year.

Time helps to measure our activities against set goals. So, the question is what did we achieve last week or yesterday ? When a day is gone, it is gone forever.

In many instances, we have a false sense that me is abundant and there is a tendency to waste it. Set goals become a wish list.  How many things on your wish list for 2022 have you achieved? 

As we know, me is finite for two reasons. We all have 24 hours every day and like it or not we are all going to die one day. That is why we must value and maximize every minute of each day.

Effective time management is the art of managing the duration spent on every activity to deliver and achieve successful results. We must use me at our discretion and for our benefit. Note! We should not waste other people’s time.

Everyone can develop habits to improve their time management skills. Some tips for time management include:

  1. Stay Present:

Staying present simply means you are focused and not distracted or mentally absent It is important that you consistently focus on tasks and commitments set for the day to get the most out of that day. You should also learn to focus and give undivided attention when you are with family, friends, and colleagues. This gesture depicts that you value people’s time which will strengthen your relationships.

  1. Understand your “why” :

Understanding your “why” pushes you through self-doubt and distractions. It is a reference point for your decisions and actions. It helps you to consistently focus on your goals and prioritize your to-do list.  

  1. Be deliberate

Being deliberate means carefully thinking or talking something through. When you are deliberate with me, you are mindful of how it is spent.  If you are a team lead, you must be deliberate. Respect the time of your team members. If you can help them, do it on time. Communication of tasks and revisions should also be explained and implemented on a timely basis.

As a team member, you also need to be mindful of deadlines. This connotes that you are a trusted and a dependable team member.

  1. Scheduling

Beyond including deadlines in your calendar, it is necessary to schedule me to complete tasks and include the me slot in your calendar. It is also important to stay disciplined and complete the tasks at the me you have stated. When you need to work with others on a deliverable, ensure you communicate the importance of the individual’s input to the task.

Making excuses about missing deadlines is an indication of irresponsibility so always have a backup plan on how to execute tasks and deliver results. To be responsible means, you can respond to anything that comes your way.

Yes, we are halfway through the year, but you can still achieve your goals for 2022 if you commit to these four things.

Written By Ayo Aderibigbe

Deputy Managing Director

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Position: Assistant General Manager

Ejiro Erivona has over 20 years of international experience in the upstream sector of the oil and gas industry. His expertise spans Business Operations Management , Business Development, Contracts and process management in the oil service industry as well as the Exploration and production segment of the Oil and Gas Business. 

He has managed key business divisions for various multinationals like Falcon, General Electric and Baker Hughes, working in various countries in Africa and North America, leading multidisciplinary and multicultural teams to achieve stellar business outcomes. Most recently, he held the position of Senior Manager, Operations at Nigeria’s Major E&P Independent- Conoil Producing Nigeria. 

Experienced in business startups, as well as new business generation, Ejiro has a track record of closing major deals in the IOCs, NOCs and marginal field operators in the sub-continent. 

He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the university of wales and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Benin. He is also an alumnus of the Administrative College of India ( ASCI) 

Ejiro has a “Black Belt” in people and change management and has pursued the same with great flair. 

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