Can you believe that we’re already at the end of January? It doesn’t seem that long since I was writing about getting organised for the holidays in December and I’m still meeting people who don’t seem to have got back into the swing of things since they took some time off over Christmas.
Yet great time management is one of the key things we see that differentiates our most successful clients from other business owners and entrepreneurs. When they’re working, they’re 100% focussed on driving their business growth and growing their bottom line. They’re not daydreaming about their next cruise or how soon they can close the office.
They delegate, prioritise and collaborate with other experts who can help them achieve their goals. As I mentioned in a previous blog, my own circumstances have led me to really cut out everything that isn’t essential and this is where time management skills come into their own.
All of us could work 24 hour a day quite easily – it’s something we probably all started out trying to do in the early days of setting up our businesses. Yet very soon as you’ll know, you find yourself exhausted, grumpy, less efficient and wondering why you ever wanted to work for yourself.
If you haven’t read First Things First by Stephen Covey you absolutely must. A thought-provoking time management book that makes you search inside yourself to find your true passion and drive. By identifying all your different roles in life, setting up your calendar to show each of these and allocating your To Do list via role, you’ll soon see what doesn’t fit.
Let’s use the coming two weeks as a test. Every time you are invited to a meeting, a night out or you are invited to do something, ask yourself the same two questions: Why am I doing this? How does it fit with my goals? Then politely decline if need be. It may take some getting used to and may even seem ruthless at times, but it is liberating and necessary for the new you. Once you practice it a few times, you’ll find yourself implementing the strategy without thinking. That’s when you’ll know your attitude is shifting.