Time Is On My Side...Yes It Is

"Time is on my side, yes it is"                       - Rolling Stones

"Time is on my side, yes it is"    
                  - Rolling Stones

How are you with Time Management?

I came to the realization earlier this year that maybe time wasn't on my side.  I had more work and "stuff" than there were hours in the day!  Do you feel like this sometimes?  I didn't like the feeling of not getting things done, not focusing on what really matters, and feeling overwhelmed because of it.  So I enlisted the help of some mentors via online webinars,  some old time management programs for back-in-the-day, and research from the Internet.

So, we all have......... 168 hours in 1 week
Lets say that we all get 8 hours of sleep per night.....56  hours
Work, lets say .........60 hours  (maybe you need to use some time management  skills there too..)
House stuff, travel time, meal time................18 hours
Personal hygiene  (let's pretend you are a teenage girl and you take alot of time) ....18 hours

I think that I've been pretty liberal with the hours that are truly taken in the week, that still leaves 16 hours a week.... 

Here is what I am now doing to help myself take control of my day:

  • Figure out what is important to me.  Write it down.
  • 1 week of a time monitor journal
  • Set up my environment so I don't have the option to do those time-killing things that I discovered in the above journal.  See below items...
  • No email or texts before I drink my lemon water, do a Sun Salutation or 2, take shower, get dressed and eat breakfast.  I will check texts in case a client late cancels or will be late (so I can use my time wisely).  No email until I am done or have made progress on a priority item on myagenda.  Could take as long as a couple hours.
  • Delegate.  Really, do I have to do my own web-site, especially after I have now spent about 500 hours on it and its still looks horrible?  I'm hiring an assistant for that task.  They will probably be done with it in 2 hours.
  • Limit my Facebook time.  Literally give myself only 5 minutes, 3 times a day.  FB groups are part of my training and business.   But, many times I have caught myself wandering around looking at videos of cute puppies...I don't need that, I have my own cute puppy, Princess Leia.
  • Remove myself from all emails that are wasting my time, I don't need to know that Ann Taylor is having a sale today...there is always a sale.
  • Recycle magazines that are older than 1 month  - yikes!  Hard...magazines are my downfall...they're so pretty... (a bit of ADD with that...)
  • Meditate, makes me more efficient
  • Not doing things that are not important....See first item. 

Can you use some of these tips?  I hope so, because the only thing we have a limited supply of is TIME.  Make sure you use it wisely.