Time Management Tips: Are You Frittering Away Your Time?

Time Management Tips: Are You Frittering Away Your Time?Do you find yourself wondering at the end of the day “Where did all the time go?” and, “What on earth did I get done?”
 
If so, you’re probably not using your time management tips and are likely frittering away your time to some degree or another.   
 
While time is your most precious commodity, you can’t go buy it anywhere.  So making the most of it surely makes sense, right?  And yet it’s amazing how unconscious you can go about the very thing that’s so valuable.

There’s a simple way to get a handle on how you’re using your time and clarify whether what you’re doing is actually the best use of your time.  While this exercise can be a tad irritating, it’s illuminating and will leave you feeling like you do after a wonderful sneeze – as clear as a bell!
 
So, today’s time management tips exercise is the following:
 
For at least one week, track your time.  
 
Keep a separate yellow pad with you at all times and keep track of how you’re using your time.  If you can stand it, two weeks is even better, because you’ll really start to see patterns occurring in how you run your life, especially during that second week.   
 
The key is to be honest and write down everything you’re doing, in both your business and personal life.
 
Notice from this list how well you’re organizing your activities, or conversely how much time you’re wasting.  Look what you’re doing that would be better delegated to someone else.  Also look at what unimportant tasks you’re doing that are time-guzzlers.

This is especially important for business owners, because making the best use of the time you have is essential to having a successful business.
 
Time Management Tips: Are You Frittering Away Your Time?

You have unique skills and talents and using your strengths is very key to the success of your business.  So if you’re getting caught up in the minutiae and find yourself handling the small stuff, this isn’t necessarily your highest contribution.  It might be comfortable, but not the smartest use of your time.

Have you noticed how tempting it is to choose the easy tasks, the old and familiar ones?  But these aren’t necessarily the best use of your time. As the visionary and innovator in your business, it’s important that you’re not doing the filing.  Or operating from “I’ll just take care of this because it’ll take only a moment.”  
 
And it never does!
 
Organize your day as an example of how you want your team members to organize theirs.  Approach your day with focus and purpose.  And have each and every person in the team in their ideal role doing the same – in other words, not being scattered.
 
To gain mastery over your time, follow these easy steps:

  • Track your time for a minimum of one week, preferably two.  Write down everything you do.
  • Notice the tasks you’re doing that are time-wasters. Watch out for “I’ll just…”
  • Stay away from the “easy or quick” tasks. These are often what guzzle your time.
  • Refocus your attention on your greatest strengths and the best use of your time.
  • Have every team member in their ideal role doing the same.

Today’s time management tips exercise will have you and your team become much more focused.  Now enhance this by adding passion and purpose into the mix, and watch out world!  Click HERE or go to http://igniteyourlifebook.com/21daychallenge to take the 21-Day “I AM a Gift to the World” Challenge, and the results will surely follow!

To your magnificence!

Andrea Woolf

‘The Queen of Having It All
Author of Ignite Your Life! How To Get From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be
Founder of IgniteYourLifeBOOK.com

Co-founder of WakeUpAbundant.com
Ambassador of Manifest Money, HowtoLiveonPurpose.com

P.S.  Andrea would love to hear from you!  Use the form below to send in your comment or question.

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