This morning I received a text from a friend: “Want to meet up for coffee or maybe just go for a walk to take a break? Wanted to spend some non-business time if you are able?” The text stopped me in my tracks.
I didn’t have time for coffee or a walk – even though I could use it. We did, however, enjoy a nice 30-minute chat by phone that left me feeling grateful for the text and wondering: Why do we rarely take the time to connect with those who are important to us?
We are so busy juggling all the “things” … kids, client’s, house, and those “other” obligations, the ones that leave us wondering how we got wrapped up in. It’s not that we don’t want to, we just get caught up in the day-to-day.
The number 1 challenge that my community reported in a recent Facebook poll is Time Management. And, while we can’t control time, we can control our choices.
To feel more in control of our time, we need to learn to make choices that reflect your values and our priorities. Rather than letting the day run us, we need to plan our day with our priorities in mind.
Here are a few tips to help you do that:
- Plan For The Week Ahead: Every Sunday, I review my goals, my tasks, and set my 3 Things for the week. I also review my calendar to see if there are any conflicts, any appointments I need to prepare for, and make sure there is adequate free time for planning and priorities. Yes, these priorities often look like “me time” or coffee with a friend!
- Keep Your To-Do List Short: Focus on no more than 3 priorities for the day.
- Use A Timer: To make sure I stay on task and make the most of my time, I use a timer. I often use Tomato-Timer.com to set the timer for 25 minutes of focus time. This focus helps me get more done in less time and block out distractions.
If you feel stuck or overwhelmed, take a step back and find a solution. I always do a time audit when I get that uneasy feeling that I am not as focused as I could be and it always helps me get back on track! Tracking how you spend your time for several days will give you the data to find inefficiencies and distractions in your day so that you can address them and move on.
Give it a try – Download your Time Audit Workbook.
Wishing You A Fabulously Productive Day!