“I don’t have enough time!”
Do you tell yourself this? Do you find that you’re too busy to do the things you want to do? Do you get stuck in the weeds and can’t figure out how to get out?
I hate to tell you this, but this whole time thing is a lie. You have time for the things you want to do. That’s the truth.
What are you doing with your time? Really stop for a minute and figure out the answer to this question. What does your day actually look like? Be honest. You’re the only one who has to answer this question, so best to be honest about recounting your precious 24 hours.Learning how to manage your time to make the most of your day is key to living a more balanced… Click To Tweet
We hear all the time that in our current busy world, there can be no balance, but this is also a lie. Plenty of people have time but they have a plan.
Years ago I struggled with my time and spent a lot of time telling others how I was so busy and didn’t have any time, until a coach I was working with called me out on my lie. I hate when that happens, but now, I’m so happy she did. Since then, I’ve come to see time through a whole new lens and I can honestly say that I seldom ever find that I don’t have enough time.
Want to Know How to Manage Your Time?
1. First and foremost you have to get clear about your priorities. What are the most important things in your life? This is about your life not the rest of the world who pulls at you for attention. What are your physical, emotional and spiritual priorities? List them in order of importance.
2. Organize the most demanding priorities – like your job, into blocks of time. Clearly if you have to be somewhere for 40 hours a week, you have to plan for that. When you’re at your job, make sure to schedule your day.
3. Figure out your top 5 most important priorities that have nothing to do with your job and schedule them. For example if you want to begin your day in prayer or meditation, your going to schedule this on your calendar. Set an alarm to make sure you get up a few minutes early. It will be a drag at first, but after a few weeks, it becomes part of your daily routine.
4. Keep going with scheduling. You schedule doctor’s appointments, so why not schedule your workout or after dinner walk? Take your priority list and schedule these things into your calendar. If you have a big project you want to begin, don’t put it off because you don’t think you have enough time – schedule time to do it even if it’s only in 30 minute increments. What happens is that we don’t begin the things we really want to do because we’re looking at how long we think it will take us to finish the project we haven’t yet begun and then we get overwhelmed and put on the brakes. Have you ever done this?
5. Keep track of just exactly how much television you watch. Television is one of the biggest time zaps. Most Americans spend about 35 hours a week watching television! Add up the hours and figure out if you really want to spend your time watching TV.
6. How much time do you spend on social media? I now allow myself a very small window of time for social media. Social media is a time waster and stealer.
7. Schedule your goals. You schedule everything else so why not schedule goals. How will you reach them if you don’t make time for them?
Here’s a perfect example of what I mean. I want to launch an online coaching program but I also want it to be really good and very complete. This takes time and some tech skills that I’m really not proficient at yet. I have to write, record audio and make a lot of videos and when I map the whole project out, it feels OVERWHELMING! For years, I kept telling myself I was too busy to spend time doing it. What a crock! What a lie! What a stupid way of viewing my life.
I had to reframe my perspective and when I began scheduling time to work on this course, everything changed.
8. Get good at Time Blocking. If you want to find more productive in your day, become an expert Time Blocker. In a nutshell, you block out time for highly focused work or activity. When I say you block off time to work, but you also block any and all distractions. Everything. No cell phone. No phones of any kind. No social media. No outside influences. You’ll be amazed how effective this is helping you achieve more in your day. Here’s a good short article on Time Blocking.
9. And finally…BE REALISTIC about your day. What can you realistically accomplish in one day? Chances are good your’e over scheduling yourself. Make you and your life a priority. You don’t have to attend every social event or networking meeting. You can actually say no to some things.
The trick to being less busy and finding more time is to really get clear about your priorities and scheduling them. The truth is that you do have enough time. You just have to refine and get clear about what truly matters.
How do you get it all done? What are your time hacks? Leave a comment below.