Have you ever wondered how some people cram so much into their day whilst others struggle to tick off the bare essentials? We all manage time differently, but there’s one constant that applies to us ALL when it comes to getting the important stuff done day after day. If you’re fed up ending your day feeling unproductive, here’s one key change you need to make quickly…
If you’re trying to manage your time better, stop. Time is your only constant – you’ve got 24 hours to play with every single day, and that will never change. So if you want to fit more into your day, or simply feel more productive by the end of it, you need to manage the CHOICES you make, not the time you have. This may sound obvious, but for most people this is a very different approach to time management.
In July I’m running my first marathon, so my training is well underway and it’s a HUGE step up from the level of exercise I’ve ever done previously. I’m a busy bee who likes to pack a lot into my day so the prospect of cramming in a tonne of running too was daunting. Many people have asked how I do it and the answer is simple – I’ve had to make some important choices.
My training plan HAS to happen. There are no if’s or but’s because the prospect of suffering 42km’s of hell is something I’m not willing to risk. So for me, that means getting up at 5am most days (which can be really tough if I’ve been up in the night with my youngest daughter). But, if I choose to stay in bed and reschedule my run the rest of my day is immediately out of whack.
I’ve made the choice that this is an important goal to me, and that means prioritising and committing to a clear plan of action. But it would be unrealistic to think that I could fit all of this in on top of my usual routine, so I’ve also made the choice to STOP doing some things too.
I’ve stopped staying up late at night because I simply can’t get out of bed and run without enough sleep, and I’ve pretty much stopped drinking because I can’t fit in my training plan if I’m groggy the next day and not firing on all cylinders. Again, it’s the choices I’ve managed, not the amount of time I have.
So how does this relate to your career or business? Consider this…
All of these results are about choices – what do you really need to get done and what do you need to stop doing to fit it in?
Be realistic and get clear on what’s really important to you. In most cases, we can’t fit it ‘all’ in – but we can prioritise effectively and choose to focus on what will give us the greatest sense of satisfaction at the end of the day.
So the big question: Are you spending your choices wisely?…
Written by Faye Hollands – Director at Outshine Consulting
Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success.
You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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