If time management is so obvious why don’t you have enough time?
Time Management is so obvious, and it’s unlikely you will read anything new in this blog post. So why should you keep reading?
Simple, if you already ‘know what do to’…WHY aren’t you doing it? WHY don’t you have more time than you know what to do with?
Reinvent your relationship with time
The playing field of life is the same for all of us! Everyone gets the same 24 hours.
How come some people always have enough time, make it look effortless and don’t have a problem with saying no? While other people are always moments away from a disaster, everything’s an effort, and they never seem to be able to say no to anyone?
Time management starts with your beliefs
The main reason that one person is better at managing their time versus another is down to the beliefs they have about time. Beliefs are taught to you by your families, teachers and society. The beliefs have been accepted as truth because these people were older/wiser/had more authority than you.
On deeper reflection, some of these beliefs are either out of date or limiting. Look at the list below, do you find yourself using any of those sentences daily?
- I have so much to do
- I never have enough time
- I don’t know where to start
- I don’t know what to do
- I don’t know how to do it
- Everyone keeps interrupting me
- No one appreciates me
The quickest way to change how you view time is to change the old/limiting beliefs that you have and exchange them for new empowering beliefs. In the list below you will see examples of the opposite beliefs.
- I can handle it
- I have enough time
- I always know where to start
- I know exactly what to do
- I know exactly how to do it
- Everyone values my time, including me
- I am valued & appreciated
Manage your time, so others don’t manage it for you
Now that you have a better understanding of how your beliefs have sabotaged your time management below are seven top time tips that you can start using today to get back in control of your time
- Make/review your to-do list the night before
- Do the hardest thing first (Eat that Frog)
- Manage your time, or it will be managed for you
- Group tasks by activity to maximise productivity
- Try the Pomodoro technique to improve focus
- Identify your time stealers (people/devices)
- Become aware of your limiting beliefs about time and choose new ones
Notice what happens as you try one or more of these tips. How you feel about your time and how others respond differently to you. Remember Time Management is not about what you know; it’s about what you do with what you know.
Thanks to Abigail Barnes, Founder of Success by Design Training, for providing this guest post for us! Abigail will be speaking at this April’s Virtual Summit. If you would like to watch her presentation, you can book your place on the Virtual Summit for just £50.