Time Management. Doesn’t this feel like an age-old problem? We try to avoid getting distracted during our day. Struggle with setting deadlines and finishing on time. Feeling stressed a lot. We want more time for fun and family. We need time management strategies.
Does this YouTube remind you of your business life?
If you don’t have time to watch it now, let me describe it.
There are two guinea pigs on a treadmill. One makes it to the finish line in a zip. The other one struggles to get to the finish line, but keeps slipping backwards until he falls off. He tried and tried but never finished. Funny but so sad. So, which guinea pig are you? If you are on the treadmill, would you make it to the finish?
Does it feel like insanity? “Doing the same thing and expecting different results”. You must make changes in your daily work habits. Perhaps you need some time management strategies.
Let’s face it. You do know what to do. There are plenty of books to help you. There are tons of videos. Plenty of courses. Great programs to learn Time Management skills.
Here are some basic time management strategies we all know.
- First of all, stop reading emails at the beginning of the day.
- Write a list of things you need to do – then break it down into bite size pieces.
- Lastly, focus your to do list in order of importance
But why don’t you do it? That is the million dollar question.
Of course, we know better, but why don’t we get off the treadmill?
It requires huge change. Self-discipline. Daily effort. Habit is a key to the answer. But don’t try and change all your habits at once. It may be too much. But each little change made a part of your routine will become a new habit.
Time Management Strategies from Janet
Here are some business habits I have incorporated into my business:
- I use an online Google Calendar. I can access from my phone, Ipad, and laptop. It lets me know when it is time to do the next scheduled project.
- I gave up scrolling Facebook in the morning. It wasn’t helping me with my business.
- I use a timer on my laptop to mark out my daily projects. When the time is up, I stop. I have a glass of water, take a stretch. Work on a different project. That’s actually a couple of habits.
- I do the hard projects first when my brain is at its best.
- I use an online program called www.asana.com to map out my projects. Keeps me on task. Check emails later in the day. I still struggle with this, but I am getting better at it.
My Mom taught me a famous line that has become part of my philosophy. I preach it to others who ask my advice. “When the pain to stay is worse than the pain to go, you will go”.
Making time management changes is painful. When the stress and lack of productivity are bad enough, the pain will force you to change.
#1 Tip for your time management strategies
YOU are the tip. It’s up to you to decide “its time”. The ability to change your habits is YOU. Finally, the success of your business is YOU. You have the tools at your fingertips. Just do it.
Take baby steps to change one habit at a time.
Make a note of where you are today. Check back with yourself a year from now. See how many time management struggles you resolved. Then reward yourself and find out what you need to change next. We constantly have to grow. Let me know how it is going.