Is your time out of control? Can’t seem to get everything on your plate done in the time you have? Well guess what? You are not alone. In fact, out of all the clients I work with, all of them ask me to help with time management. The common theme with all my clients is the belief that they can somehow master their time; they can get more done, make more money, and be happier. Below is a list of 10 tips that I’ve developed over the years. Don’t feel compelled to use them all at once. Take one or two for now and then add others as these work.
1. Make a list – Sounds simple, but most of the people I know don’t keep an active list of what they need to be working on. Simply knowing what you need to do will help you get a grip on each task.
2. Find a way to easily manage your list – I personally like using the task feature in Outlook, but that’s just me. There are a ton of free apps you can use or you can go old school and use a notebook. The key here is having a system you can rely on so that you NEVER lose your list and can easily keep on top of it.
3. Prioritize your list – You have to know what things are important and what can wait. Rank your list from 1 to 3. Give the 1’s top priority, 2’s get done if you have time and 3’s you can save for another day.
4. Batch your list – Find common items on your list that make sense to do together or build off each other and clump them together. This will make more effective use of your time when you do work on these.
5. Calculate how long each item will take – The cool part about this step is that it allows you to know how much time your list will take to accomplish.
6. Schedule each item on your list – You need to physically block out a day and time to do each item on your list. It’s the only way to ensure you have the appropriate amount of time devoted to each item.
7. Be accountable to your list – One of my clients has to send me their weekly list each Saturday night. If they fail to send me the list by midnight it’s an automatic $100 penalty. He hasn’t missed so far. How will you hold yourself accountable?
8. Be flexible – Move stuff around on your schedule if you have to. It’s OK as long as you get it done.
9. Celebrate – Look back each week at your list and get excited about how much you have accomplished. It will make you feel better and appreciate your hard work.
10. Reinvest – Reinvest your time into something you value. For me, I split my time two ways. The first is giving back a little more to my business. The second way is giving half of my new found time to my family and hobbies. The second one makes me want to get even better about managing my time so I can give more to my family.
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