Three Easy and Effective Time Management Strategies
I would have to say that a good number of the clients who come to me for coaching are seeking help with time management. Many of my clients are busy people who have a lot on their to-do lists.
It can be overwhelming sometimes when you are driven by purpose, because purposeful people tend to be very passionate. The desire to "make it all work" is real, yet sometimes in the pursuit of getting it all done we can have a negative effect called "burn out."
"Case Study: A few years ago I coached a client, let's call her name Linda. Linda was a single mom who had a busy life. Raising her 2 children, she also had a very demanding job. She was also quite active in her church. Linda also wanted to pursue her desire to start her business as small business marketing consultant, and she was successful in that she had already secured a few clients. With all of the demands on her time, she was finding it increasingly difficult to manage it all, without getting to the point of exhaustion. Thru coaching, we were able to develop an effective time management plan that worked for her. She was able to get more done, simply by making room in her life for what really mattered."
In today's post, I'd like to share 3 of the most effective time management tips. These are proven strategies that will help you get more out of your day, so that you can accomplish more of your goals and be more productive without wearing yourself out.
Let me pause right here and say this, these are strategies that actually work. I won't suggest getting up at 4am. I won't suggest giving up your lunch hour at work. I won't suggest staying up all hours or the night to get it done. Believe me, I've tried all of those things, and they only made me more tired. For most people who struggle with getting up at the crack of dawn, getting up at 4am may work for a few days, but it's difficult to maintain something that you are simply not cut out for. However, if you are an early morning person, or a late nighter, then by all means do what works for you. We are all given 24 hours in a day, it's how we invest in those hours is what really makes the difference.
Time is a valuable resource. Once it's gone, you can't get it back.
Identify and eliminate distractions.
Television can be a big distractions, especially when that time can be used doing something more productive. Now don't get me wrong, I DO watch television, on occasion. I have a few shows that I really enjoy. However I am not a slave to the t.v. In fact, I totally went without television for 3 years, and didn't miss it one bit. I only recently began watching again since I have moved into my new home, and my family has grown, but when I'm at home working on my business, the television is not what I'm focusing on. You may can identify other distractions that fight for your attention during the day. Those distractions may be mindless texting, meaningless conversations or gossip, social media trolling, etc. Take an honest look at the activities you are involved in during day, then ask yourself if those activities are moving you forward to where you want to be, or if they are holding you back from reaching your next goal.
2. Find an accountability partner.
My circle of REAL friends is small, however I do have 1 or 2 people in my life who hold me accountable to what I have said I want to accomplish. Having an accountability partner in your life is vital to your success. Your accountability doesn't have to be your best friend. In fact, sometimes friends don't make the best accountability partners because friends tend to tell you what you want to hear. You need someone in your ear who is going to keep it 100 with you. Someone who will, for example, remind you that it's 5:00pm and are you on your way to that networking event that you registered for? An accountability partner is someone who can coach and support (https://www.drjackijones.com/
3. It's o.k. if you don't get it all in one day.
I mean it's REALLY o.k. My mom used to tell me all the time that Rome wasn't built in a day, and she was right. This is what I've learned about purpose, about building a dream, about developing something great, it all takes time. Great things take time to build, there is a process at work. Too many people give up before the process is completed. Too many fall short because of exhaustion and fatigue. Too many people allow the journey to wear them out. It's ok to have a to-do list, in fact, it's important to right things down that you want to accomplish. But if you don't get to all of the items on your list today, there's always tomorrow. Tomorrow, if we live, is another day, and another opportunity to do, to create, to develop the plans and the pursuits that you desire.
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