Time Management

My Top 10 (time) Self-Management Tips to Achieve More


A wise man said that once you spent your money you can always make more, but once youHour Glass spent your time it’s gone forever.

When I ask business owners what’s the #1 thing that they believe is holding them back from achieving more, the majority of them will say, being able to manage their time better.  The first thing they need to understand is that you can’t manage time.  Time is like a flow of energy, all you can do is manage yourself better to harness that energy.

Below are my top 10 tips on how to manage yourself better to achieve more….

  1. Set personally motivating goals …
    Most of us know what we need to do to be successful but we procrastinate doing them for one reason or another.  Because we are not focused on a motivating goal, we will put off an important task for the next “shiny” item that looks interesting.  Having written, motivating, goals will help you align your task to your goals.
  2. Don’t finish today until you plan tomorrow …
    If you wait for the morning to figure out what you need to do you are losing valuable time.  If at the end of each day you review your goals and write out your action items making sure they are moving you closer to your goals, you will find that you will increase your productivity by 15-20%.
  3. Eat a Frog for Breakfast EVERY day …
    This comes from Brian Tracey’s book of the same name.  The idea is simple.  Each day pick the biggest, hairiest frog (task) you need to do and schedule to do it first thing.  If not you will push it off and you find that it keeps moving to the next day on your to do list.  Once accomplished your day will be filled with items you enjoy doing and you will feel more fulfilled and motivated at the end of the day.
  4. Don’t Major in Minor things …
    This is tied to item #3.  If you focus on accomplishing the major items on your list you will find you will have room for the smaller items.  But, if you fill your day with the smaller items that will never be room for the big major items.
  5. Create a default Diary / Stick to it …
    Most of us don’t get important tasks done because we don’t schedule a specific time to do them.  Create a calendar where you schedule default times to work on the major activities you need to get done on a weekly basis.
  6. Invest time don’t spend it …
    Our biggest time waster is spending our time on doing busy work instead of important work.  We invest our time, by working on items that will affect our profits.
  7. Have agendas for all meetings …
    You should not only have an agenda but have a goal for what is the desired outcome of the meeting.  Focus agenda items based on the goals of your meeting.  Don’t mix strategic meetings with tactical meetings.  When you do, you don’t accomplish as much.
  8. Have conference calls to save time …
    Team communication is important but sometimes it’s inefficient to call in team members from the field to have a meeting.  Instead, conference in team members for tactical meetings.  This will help you keep your team focused and aligned to the overall goals of the company.
  9. Learn to delegate to your team …
    The busy work we spend time on needs to be delegated to lower paid employees so you can invest your time on more profitable tasks.
  10. Hire an ActionCOACH to keep you on track!
    Every business needs someone to help you see the forest through the trees.  That’s why I also have a coach.  I find that it is way too easy to miss the more important items I need to work on.  My coach helps me to keep focused on my goals.  I personally found that the more focused I am on my goals, the more productive I’ve become.

 

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