Ever notice how some people get more done in a day than most people manage in a month? It’s not magical; it’s strategic.
To win the time management game, embrace these 3 strategies:
(1) Consistently choose what you want most (long term) over what you want now (immediate gratification).
(2) Recognize you aren’t good at all things and, therefore, need other people to do the tasks you doesn’t excel at so you can honor your gifts and do the things you were 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. (If you haven’t done this yet, I totally get it – but consider this, once you are on the hook for paying someone else, you will have created the exterior motivation and deadlines you need to produce something bigger.)
(3) Understand you can not really manage time, what you really do is manage your 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.
To do that, you must practice extreme self care – do what you have to do so you can fully show up for the day. (For me, this means a good night’s sleep, a green smoothie, stretching, a work out that involves fun music, and a really hot shower. Oh, and coffee!)
Act on what you want most, outsource everything you can, and manage your energy. Get these three strategies right – okay, shoot for 80% of the time – and watch what you get done.
If you’ve got another strategy that works for you, please let me know in the comments below!