There’s this huge lie we tell ourselves that “we don’t have enough time”. There is some truth to do that because eventually one day we won’t have any more time, but right now (right this moment) we have time. There are 24 hours in a day, if you can’t make the most of those hours then time isn’t the problem, you are!
In yesterday’s blog post I talked about procrastination and how it's an excuse we give when we're either afraid or too lazy to do anything. Time management is the same thing. It’s not that you don’t have time it’s that you’re either wasting time or not making the most of the time you have.
These were the top take-aways from today’s Instagram Live Chat to get you to stop wasting time and start making the most of the time you have.
STOP wasting time on unimportant things.
Make a detailed time list of your entire day from the minute you wake up till the time you go to bed. You have to really see what your time is being spent on in order to see where you can cut back and re-allocate.
Assign the amount of time you spend on each of those activities (include time spent watching TV, on Social Media, and any extracurricular activities).
Then start eliminating any activities that do not add value to your life or contribute to your goals. Add up the total time then re-allocate that time to your goal(s).
Cut your lunch hour in half or use your break time to work on your projects/goals (every minute counts)
Cut your time spent on social media if it isn’t directly related to promoting yourself, brand, business, etc.
Use time spent commuting (on the bus/subway) to work on your goals.
Wake up an hour to 30 minutes earlier or go to bed 30 minutes to an hour later. My typical day starts at 5 a.m. and ends around midnight.
Sunday Prep. Prep for your week on Sundays. Prepare your dinner meals and freeze them. Look at the weather forecast for the week and prepare yours and your children's wardrobes for the week. Those two things alone cut huge amounts of time from ironing, searching for an outfit, and cooking each day.
Don’t make excuses.
Ask for help (spouse, partner, family) let your loved ones know what it is your goals are and what you’re trying to accomplish. Most times they will be willing to help if it’s something productive.
Make a daily “to do” list. For me focusing on daily goals is easier and much more realistic than making lists for next month or next week. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t complete everything on your list. You’re human and sometimes you’re not going to get to everything. And that’s fine. Tomorrow is another day and let what you didn’t finish the day before be the first thing you work on the next day.
Don’t make a “to do” list that has 20 things to do. Be realistic. 2-3 things is perfectly fine. Focus on each day!! One day at a time. Then you won’t feel so overwhelmed.
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