Time cannot be managed, it can only be prioritized.
Let’s talk about time, and how we have been getting it all wrong for such soooo long.
It’s not that you do not have enough time to do the things you want to do, or to accomplish the things you want to accomplish, it’s just that you do not have your priorities straight. (hear me out, before you get all hot and bothered)
The biggest mistake people make is trying to manage time, but that is not something we can actually do. To manage something is to control it, and time is one thing we are not in charge of. We just have the luxury of knowing that it is fixed, and what we do with the time that we have is completely up to us.
You will always be on the wrong side of the clock if you try to manage your time, which is exactly why it always feels like a losing race. Instead, focus on prioritizing your time. The biggest benefit of prioritizing your time is that it decreases the amount of time you waste and actually seems to increase the amount of time you have. This happens because you are simply more aware of how and where you are spending your time, and like everything else you bring awareness to, it’s easier to make the necessary changes.
3 Ways to Prioritize Your Time Better– LEVEL 1
- Identify the top 3 priority tasks and schedule them into your day.
- Be sure to do the things that matter most in the beginning of your day
- Identify your time wasters and replace them with more meaningful tasks and activities.
Becoming a Pro of Prioritizing Time–aka LEVEL 2
- Plan ahead, the night before you go to bed, plan out your next day so you are fully aware of all appointments, obligations, activities etc.
- Identify the top 3 priorities in each area of your life, and schedule them into your day. Always ask yourself– what one thing if I do it would make me feel like I am winning– so for example family, work, self, faith and then be sure to schedule a priority activity
- Work: Spend 1 hour customer follow up
- Family: Pool time with the kids
- Me: workout
- Faith: devo
Doing these small things will have a massive impact on what you are able to get done in your day, who you spend time with, and how much progress you make. Afterall, time is our greatest commodity and its the one thing we can never get more of, and never get back, so spending it where it matters most is a BIG DEAL.
Time has the ability to become your biggest ally, you just have to stop being your biggest enemy.
Now that we’ve had this chat, how are you going to make the switch from time manager to prioritizing pro?
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