I recently wrote about how to improve time management in one simple step. Today, we’re going to take that to a whole new level!
What would you do with all the thyme in the world? Would you sell it? Give it away? I’m just messing with you. Let’s talk about time… Not thyme.
When I ask a lot of my clients and business partners what they want to get better at, what I can assist them with, many ask how to improve time management.
Can you manage time? Not really. There are 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day and 365 days in a year. All time passes equally. When someone turns 35, they are exactly 35 years old, no more or no less.
That’s just clock time. What about real time. Isn’t time relative? Time flies or drags depending on what you’re doing. Two hours at the dentist can feel different from two hours at the golf course.
Which time describes the world in which you really live, real time or clock time?
The good news is that real time is mental. It exists between your ears. You create it. Anything you create, you can manage. It’s time to remove any self-sabotage or self-limitation you have around “not having enough time”.
How To Improve Time Management
As a business owner, a MoMpreneur, as a Network Marketer, you may be frequently interrupted or pulled in different directions. While you cannot eliminate interruptions, you do get a say on how much time you will spend on them and how much time you will spend on the thoughts, conversations and actions that will lead you to success.
Here are 3 Simple Steps on How to Improve Time Management
- Schedule your distractions. What is a distraction? The phone ringing, receiving an email, and social media are just examples. Some people have their inbox open, their phone on and their social media sites open … All at the same time. What would happen to your productivity if each activity had its own time slot? 9-10 is phones, 10-10:30 is email, a scheduled break from 10:30-10:45, and 10:45 -11:15 is social media. Would this make you more productive? Action step …. Schedule all (or most) activities with a start time and an end time… Just sayin’!
- Plan Your Day in Advance Take the last 30 minutes of every day to plan your following day. Don’t start your day until you complete your time plan. The most important time of your day is the time you schedule to schedule time.
- Know the Outcome You Seek What is the end result you desire? If you really want to know how to improve time management… then take this tip seriously. Focus on the outcome. If you know clearly where you are going, you know the end result, you work backwards from the goal … Then managing yourself in time will be easier. Get clear on what you want, figure out what it is going to take to get there, then prioritize the effort and the daily actions in your calendar. If it’s important to you, you will make the time. If it’s a priority, you will make the time. If I gave you a stack of books and paid you $100 per page… And then $100,000 when you finished the books …. You’d make the time.
There is no magic answer to the age old question “how to improve time management?”
The real question is how do I manage myself in time?
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To your best year ever
PS – Most people think that if they work more, they will earn more. That’s an old school mindset. If you work smarter, create a team, and use leverage … You may be able to have more time to do the things you want to do. If you want to have more free time, you might consider a home based business. If you are already involved in a home based business and want to go from hobby income to professional income, or you want an income opportunity that can help you create more time, then email me.