Time management is one of those pesky problems that everyone seems to have something to say about. Sadly most ideas won’t and don’t work unless there is a coachable, open, mindset behind the effort. Don’t even get me started on the integrity of the source of these pearls of wisdom!
We all know we have the same amount of time.
We also know it’s up to us to use it wisely.
My question to you is, do you really want to have more time? What’s the why that inspires you? Some people I’ve worked with like the IDEA of free time but aren’t really committed to it. I’m guessing if you’ve read this far, you’re coachable and committed or ready to be. So let’s get into some action.
First, let’s challenge our mindset. Yes, I mean OURS…read on!
What is really, really, REALLY important to you in your personal non-work life?
It might seem like a strange mindset question however, my belief is that if you don’t know where you’re going you’ll never get there. It may seem like DUH statement but it really sets the groundwork for having free time. Interestingly, I recently found myself without a WHY thereby having me question my own integrity.
While at a recent mastermind event my mastermind group and I revealed my lack of purpose or my why. Well, let’s say they coached me to figure it out. My why is related to freedom. No surprise considering the work I do to create freedom. I’ll write more about my why in a coming blog.
Let’s get back to time management.
Remember we can’t control time. It just keeps marching on. What we can do is decide what to do with it. With a clear “WHY” mindset, taking charge of your time becomes so much clearer. We need to plan time for the WHY activities.
But let’s take a full stop here.
I’ve come to realize that a large number of people don’t even have and/or use a calendar. It’s then no surprise that they have no control over their time.
Management thinker Peter Drucker is often quoted as saying that “you can’t manage what you can’t measure. And this goes for time.
So get yourself a calendar! Paper or electronic. I prefer electronic so I can carry my schedule with me on all my devices and I can quickly say yes to the WHY things that matter. More importantly, I can quickly say NO to the things I am clear do not serve my business or my WHY.
This is the groundwork of taking charge of your time.
Step 1 is about making time for the important things in your life. And I’m guessing, if you’re like me, it is not about having more time for work. Although sometimes we do need that too.
Step 2 is probably the most important step. This step is taking time for yourself. But without knowing your why time it doesn’t make sense. Most of us don’t realize it until it’s too late how important ME time is. Yes, book it as you would anything else important because it is important. And should be guarded more strongly than anything else you do.
Step 3 is about knowing what your time is being spent doing. Hence the calendar. Instead of regretful hindsight, think about positive foresight. Say yes to the things that fit your life and purpose and no to the things that don’t. In my experience, once you’ve booked the important life purpose time, then you will be on fire with everything else too.
There are many more trips and tricks related to this topic that I’ll come back to in future writings.
There is a great example I wrote about in a previous blog about clients’ time management issues. Read here about how I worked with a client to overcome her time management challenges
Time won’t come back overnight but with consistent action, you will in time, get back time.
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