Business owners and managers of mid-sized and small businesses have more to juggle than they can handle. One of the maladies that plague us and our teams is the lurking sense that “I’m not enough.”
Let’s continue to examine the one area which you have more control over than you may believe. It’s control over your time. (See previous ABA Insider for the first three tips).
We at ABA help our clients define reality. And if this “ABA Insider” feels a bit too truthful, realize that our intent is to make sure you face the truth about your alleged lack of time. If you feel that you are drowning in a sea of constant tasks and to-do’s, these tips are for you!
Here are three more tips that you, and only you, can choose to adopt:
4. Create your ideal week - track how you actually use your time in a week and then decide what you’re going to do!
Remember that you actually have 100 percent control of your time. (If you don’t believe you do, remember that you are both the cause of your own time-management challenges…and the solution!)
Create your ideal time template using this downloadable spreadsheet:
1. Utilize block scheduling -- batch similar tasks together beginning with your highest payoff activities. For example, you may set up an ideal week to look something like this:
2. Set limits! For example, if your quitting time is the end of your day, don’t do email at night.
Create your actual time template to see how you are actually using your time currently:
1. Print out this simple Excel spreadsheet, carry it around and start filling it out for the next week. Even if it isn’t Monday, START NOW!
Now, you get to exercise 100% control over what you do next.
1. Start aiming to reshape your time use to reflect your ideal template.
5. Get support from the people around you. You cannot make these changes alone. Let your family, friends and co-workers know about the changes you are trying to make. Maybe even get someone who will be tougher than you are to manage your schedule. You will not only gain more traction from the encouragement you receive from them, but they might join you and improve their time management also.
6. “Just do it.”
If you are serious, some new rules you might employ are:
If you are committed to your template, then you and others around you should see a happier, less stressed you.
Let us know if you are bold enough to try this experiment! Tell us how it went. And contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like additional ideas on how to help get you or your team to that ideal time template.
When You Are Not Enough: 3 More Simple (But Not Easy) Tips was originally published to American Business Advisors
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