Are you one of the many people on the road of endless busyness? If the answer is yes, I want you to listen carefully to what I’m going to say next – only you control your time, and you don’t have to live like that anymore!
Here’s a 4-step guide to paring down where and how you spend your time so you get the most bang for the buck.
1) Think About Time Management Differently
Time is a limited resource. Take an inventory of how you spend it each day. Then look at the allocation and see if it reflects the tasks that have the most impact on achieving your goals.
2) ReAlign Your To-Do List
Use the information you learn from step one to realign and organize your to-do list. Prioritize each item by the amount of effort required and the impact that completing that task has on your ultimate goal. Outsource to others anything that takes up a lot of time and has little impact on your goal.
3) Make Sure Your Tech Helps Not Hurts
Technology is great when it helps you to do things more efficiently. It can also be a major source of distraction and stress. Do an inventory of your tech – make some conscious decisions about whether it improves your efficiency or really saves you time. Kick to the curb anything that is a time waster.
4) Don’t Blindly Add Tasks to the List
Monitor how you’re spending your time on the items on the list. Adapt in real-time to emerging situations. Clarify what is expected of you, decide if what is being asked has an impact on you and re-prioritize activities as your needs and the impact of a task dictate.
Here’s to taking back your life and enjoying how you spend your time. I’d love to hear how these steps work for you and any tips you have in the comments below.