How To Create More Time When You’re Flat Out

Published: March 17, 2010
By: Faye Hollands

I think I’m quite an irritatingly organised person, but every now and again things  can get out of control and if I don’t reign myself back in and create some order  I know the results won’t be pretty.  Thankfully there’s one important tool in my coaching-kit that I use every time I’m heading for a time-management meltdown…

Small But Powerful

My life feels super-busy at the moment.  Outshine’s having it’s best month ever (woohoo!) and on top of a busy work-load I’m also renovating, getting ready for parents arrival from the UK, preparing to be M.C at my cousins wedding, as well as trying to walk my dog every day, eat healthily, exercise, update Facebook, keep in touch with my LinkedIn tribe…. the list goes on and on!

I know I’m no different from anyone else that likes to pack a lot into their week.  We all lead busy lives, and frankly, I love it that way.  But I know that every now and again I get rather over-ambitious and try to pack in more than Wonder Woman herself could cope with.  And if I’m not careful I’ll reach the point of meltdown!

So here’s my secret weapon, and I’ll be honest with you, it’s not going to blow you away.  However, it’s something that most of us forget to do…

When your diary is over-loaded, your to-do list is bursting at the seams, and there’s steam coming off your keyboard that’s a clear indication to me that ‘No Time’ has arrived – and by that I mean it’s ‘time-to-say-no’.

Interestingly, the tiny, easy to say word ‘no’ seems to have many of us, including myself, stumped.  Despite being run off our feet, we still find ourselves saying ‘yes’ and adding to our already-over-committed-schedules despite having the choice to decline and manage our time more effectively.

Saying no can feel wonderfully liberating.  It can also stimulate your senses, give you a sense of order and control, and allow you to experience the respect your time deserves.

So what are you going to say ‘no’ to this week?  Have you taken on too many projects, clients or requests?  Have you over-committed yourself socially?

Being unrealistic with your time can be overwhelming and exhausting, so take a look at your to-do list, scale it back, and start saying that teeny-tiny but hugely effective word ‘no’.

I’m off to decline, refuse and politely push back!

If you would like to find out more about how coaching can help you manage your time smartly and create a career you love book your free 30-minute coaching consultation now.  Simply click here to schedule your appointment.

Written by Faye Hollands – Director at Outshine Consulting.  Faye is an accomplished Career Coach and Time Management 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 fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

Faye Hollands

About Faye Hollands

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. To receive weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here or book your Free Focus Session here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

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