Schedule Yourself to Success
There’s no shortage of programs, gurus, and articles talking about time management. Perhaps one of the most famous concepts of time management is Dr. Stephen Covey’s Time Matrix, in which we focus on “Important but not Urgent” tasks and eliminate things which are important and urgent. But what I’ve discovered in my own years of building and running businesses, is it’s impossible to actually manage time. Time is its own master, and will go by regardless of what we do. However, you can manage yourself and your own priorities.
Sometimes, it is really unpleasant to answer that question, but it is always the most important question you could ask. But how do you get to a place where the answer is a hearty “YES”?
You have to first determine what’s important to YOU.
The first step is to decide what you really want. Start by asking yourself what you want your life – in every area – to look like in 6 months. The common recommendation is to look 5 – 10 years out for this, but that length of time becomes very abstract from our present selves. Instead, focus on near-immediate possibilities.
Write down how you want your life to be in work, family, spiritual, personal, fitness, and other areas. Then write out 20 reasons WHY you want what you’ve outlined. You can then begin to map out a plan to get there (bring in a coach to help you!) From here, you can create action items on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis to help you get to your desired goal.
Build out your success schedule.
You, like everyone else, have 168 hours per week. It’s time to decide how you will spend that time. Of course, everyone has to sleep, so it’s a good idea to block that out first (average what you get or want to get each night and block it out.) Then, move down your list of priorities and decide how much time you want to devote to each: spirituality, family, work, personal, fitness, fun, etc.
Key note: decide what is the MOST important in your life, and do not have flexibility in it, but be a little flexible in other areas of your life.
IMPORTANT: Once you’ve decided when you will be committed to the different areas of your life, be 100% committed to THAT activity. If it’s family time, do not be answering work calls/texts or checking email. If it’s work, do not make personal calls on browse social media.
Taking these steps will help you to manage yourself and how you spend time, while keeping in mind that time will continue to flow no matter what. It will also help put an end to “I’m busy” reactive living, so you can begin moving toward your dreams.