Effective time management is not just essential for business owners to be honest; we all need it in our lives. It’s what makes us move from being “busy” to being “productive”. Allows the meaningful things in our life to finally take place, reduces the overwhelm and gets us more focused on our goals.
I’m sharing with you the time management hacks I use in my life and business that have allowed me to grow a business while having a full-time job, traveling pretty much on monthly basis if not more and still having down time to enjoy with friends and family.
Many of the time management gurus will tell you about creating to do lists and working them one priority at a time. While that is great for the super focused it may not work for everyone.
I recently came across the concept of writing “not to do list”, which work brilliantly when you know you have certain things that put a demand on your time and energy and don’t necessarily make you feel great or get your goals accomplished.
Examples of that is falling down the scroll hole on social media, 20, 30 or 60 minutes can easily pass by with you doing productive and not noticing how much c**p has infiltrated your brain and taken of your time and energy.
Another one, getting engaged in the office gossip or in the recurrent Saturday night out and then spending the whole of Sunday and probably a few days after that trying to catch up with life. Or it could be things that are bigger or smaller than that, each one of us is different.
Take a moment to notice your daily actions, write them all down in deadly detail and then decide which ones need to stay on your to do list and which need to go on the not do list (or the not to do so often list).
One tool that is useful as well if you find yourself not so much of a black and white person is using the Eisenhower matrix in organising your tasks.
Sunday is a good day to plan for the week ahead, sit yourself down with a cuppa and write down on a piece of paper what tasks you need to take care of then matrix them and work it by order.
Yes, things might change, or new priorities might pop up but always have a structure to your day, if you don’t run the day the day will run you over!
Being a small business owner working flexibly from anywhere is a great thing, a blessing but can also be a curse if you don’t have simple yet effective time management hacks like this.
Even though we like to roam free we still need to remain accountable to our businesses, our partners and our customers so setting schedules, deciding on tasks, and keeping the focus is key in growing the business, reducing the overwhelm, and really tapping into your big potential.
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I hope you did because each week I put my heart into making sure you get some good tips so you can rock it in your travels while creating a life you love.