We all have 24 hours in a day. So why does it seem like some people are far more productive in that timeframe than others? I believe there are 3 major reasons:
(1) The successful individual consistently chooses what she wants most (long term) over what she wants now (immediate gratification).
(2) The successful individual recognizes that she isn’t good at all things and, therefore, needs other people to do the tasks she doesn’t excel at so that she can honor her gifts and do the things she was meant to do.
You may be excellent at cleaning your house or balancing your books, but that doesn’t mean you should do those tasks. If you’re in business, hire experts to work on your business so you can work in it – doing the things that actually generate income. Hire a housekeeper, a bookkeeper, a cook, or a Virtual Assistant. With the extra time, you can produce enough to pay their fees and make a hefty profit – work smarter, not harder.
(3) The successful individual does not actually manage her time, she manages her energy.
Think about how much you get done on the day before you go away on a trip. Or how often you have been able to get multiple tasks checked off your list during the one hour before you had to leave your house or pick up your child from soccer practice.
And I’m sure you can recall a day when you had hours to spend, only a few items to do, and just never got around to doing them. Managing your energy means you are in “top form” and ready to go at a moment’s notice. You have gotten plenty of sleep, exercised to get your blood pumping, and eaten a healthy breakfast.
Act on what you want most, outsource everything you can, and manage your energy – it’s foundational to the success of your day, your life, and your business!