How often do you say you don’t have time to do things or you’re always too busy? Now it’s time to shop blaming time! There are 24 hours in a day and that is something that can never change; however how we use our time is something that can. Think about it, you have the same amount of time in your day as Bill Gates!
So how do I take control of my time?
- Accept that there isn’t such thing as too much or too little time. There is always enough time for you to be successful – others have been and so can you. Take control of your situation.
- Think about what it is that you want to achieve. To some it may be making millions of pounds, to others it may be to spend more time out of the business. Also think about why you want to achieve that goal and how it’ll make you feel.
- Next, you need to determine what needs to be undertaken in order to accomplish that big goal. What will you need to adjust/reduce/delegate in order to have the time to do the activities determined to reach that goal? Remember if it was easy for everyone, you would have done it already. Successors are the ones who have the discipline and determination. This is a marathon, not a sprint.
- Make time in your work schedule each week to do the activities that you have identified. These should be set in stone and a priority, and you should ensure that you stick to the allocated time you’ve given yourself to do the activities. By responding to other urgencies instead, you’re not going to be getting any closer to your goal.
- At the end of each week, review your successes or challenges in sticking to your schedule. Be honest with yourself if you’re not sticking to it, and go back to thinking about why you’re doing this in the first place – how important your goal is to you.
- Have an accountability partner or mentor to help you keep on track.
So stop blaming lack of time, take ownership of your time and be disciplined and determined to achieving that goal.