Time management is about getting more value out of your time and using it to reach your goals. Managing your time well is important because you will need to be strategic about focusing your time and energy in order to accomplish your goals.
Here are a few time management tips that will help you increase your productivity and achieve your goals.
1. Block out time on your calendar each week to work on your goals.
Set aside time on your calendar, always on the same days, always at the same times. Make a recurring appointment for the most important work you do … achieving your dreams! By consistently having the same times blocked to work on your goals you will change your behavior and create the habit of achievement. Even with a packed calendar, you will be able to accomplish your most important tasks.
2. Treat scheduled time to work on your goals like an appointment with your best client.
How many times have you taken care of the work for your clients, and left yours for last? And how many times did you stop working after you’d taken care of your clients, but never got to your own tasks? This happens all too often if you let it. To avoid this, treat the time you schedule to work on your goals the same as you would an appointment with your best client. You wouldn’t blow off your best client again and again, so why would you do it to your dreams? By giving this important work a higher priority, you are less likely to fall into the habit of procrastination.
3. Create a daily to-do list from your action plan.
Sometimes we feel overwhelmed when thinking of our goal as a whole. A better strategy is to create a list of actions that you will need to take to accomplish your end goal. Breaking the goal down into smaller tasks allows you to wrap your head around one step at a time and avoid overwhelm. Once you have your list of actions, decide each day what action you will accomplish to achieve your goal. Make sure the actions are broken down into small chunks so that you can realistically accomplish at least one every day.
Get your team involved. Many of us feel if we want something done right, we have to do it ourselves. But this attitude may be holding you back. Let’s say your goal is to work on your marketing in order to increase sales next quarter. There are many steps involved in accomplishing this goal. You might need to redesign your website. You may need to start a social media campaign. You may need to design direct mail postcards. These tasks can be carried out by others at your direction. Delegate as much as you can in order to maximize your time and to focus on the tasks that only you can perform.
5. Do one extra thing each day toward your goals.
Before you quit working for the day, think of one extra thing you can do to move yourself closer to your goal. Is there one more phone call you can make? One more quick task you can do, then cross off your list? These steps may be small, but done consistently day after day after day add up to that extra mile that may make the difference in achieving your goals.
Goals take time, and time is a limited resource. In order to achieve your dreams, you will need to plan wisely and spend your time on the most beneficial tasks that will move you forward. Good time management skills will help you to achieve your goals and make it possible for you to have the business you always dreamed of, NOW!