What is it about time management that eludes so many people?
I know a lot of people who’s list of things they want, and need to do is always much longer than the list of things they actually accomplish. This isn’t me. My friends tease me that I have more done by 9am on the weekends than most people do all day. This is true. But it isn’t always easy. I have had to make adjustments. I am constantly striving. But there are things I do on a consistent basis that makes things easier. So what makes it easier for me to get things done than other people?
It all comes down to time management. Something that comes up frequently in my life coach sessions, and with my personal training clients. Maybe more so with my personal training clients if I was averaging out. Most of my clients have a hard time eeking out some time in their busy schedules to workout. I understand. There are kids, and all the activities they are involved in. There’s house work and if she works outside the home…………….well then we add that into the equation I can understand the time constraints.
Our time here is limited and we can never get time that has passed back, which is why it’s so important to manage it.
Here’s what my day looks like:
-Up at 4am to spend an hour working on my blog
-5am-6am-Stretching and workout
-6am-7am Shower/Breakfast and get ready for the day
:-Work full-time, 7am-4pm Monday Through Friday
-I workout 6 days a week
-Eat healthy meals by meal prepping EVERY second Sunday ( I prep for two weeks)
-I have a hubby and a small dog. Both boys need my time as well. I am careful to make sure I have time for both in any busy day.
-I meditate every evening before going to bed
I know my lifestyle isn’t for everyone. I work, work out, then work on my side hustles when I’m home. I know my life may seem boring, but this is what I know I need to do to get to where I want to be and to achieve all my goals.
Some people want to live a life working the 9-5 and coming home to relax and watch tv. That’s completely fine if that makes you happy!! That’s not what I want though. And if that’s not what you want then gaining control of your time should be at the top of your list.
So here’s how here’s how to manage it all:
Optimize your time by combining certain tasks. This doesn’t necessarily mean multi-tasking because that may be counter productive. If there are a couple of things that can be done simultaneously without problem, then do them together!
Self-discipline–and let me say this takes effort and time to develop.
With self-discipline you correct and regulate your behavior to get shit done, even if you don’t feel like it. The moments when you really don’t feel like doing something but you make yourself do it anyway, that’s what will make you grow. You’ll become more driven, more dedicated, you’ll pick up better habits, and you’ll gain more confidence in yourself.
I know I thrive off of routine, planning, lists, schedules, and predictability. My family has teased me about for years. I know the planning everything out doesn’t work for everyone because we’re all different, but it’s definitely what has allowed me to do more each day. Wake up at the same time, get my blogging in, leave by a certain time, and plan my day, It’s those little details of each day that lead to big changes in your life.
I schedule tasks for certain days.
I spend time on my blog every morning for an hour while I drink y coffee and set my mind for the day. Tuesday evenings for 3 hours and Saturday mornings for 3 hours are also reserved for blog time. Sundays’ are reserved for meal prep and cleaning. Sunday evening supper with the hubby and a dog walk. That leaves me every other evening to spend time on myself taking a class, or spending time for me relaxing with friends and family. When I do this I know I have time set for specific tasks and I am not worrying about when I am going to get to them.
Routines set you up for success.
So, waking up early and on time will allow you to squeeze in things that you enjoy during the first couple hours of your day (working out, getting ready without needing to rush, having that quiet cup of coffee). These routines build habits and you’ll only get better at them!
Time is one of our most valuable assets. You can never get it back and we are limited on how much is left. Manage your time how YOU want to live your life. If you’re working toward a certain goal that’s going to require everything I just mentioned. Juggling all areas of life is a challenge, but it will pay off in the long run!
Take a look at my course Design Your Best Life. There is a whole lesson on finding time and time management. Beginning with evaluating where your time goes. It is a real eye opener.
So with time management being an ever present factor in my client’s lives, I figure it probably is for you too.
Without further adieu
Here are my strategies for making the most of my time every day.
1. Take time to regroup
I try to give myself 10-15 minutes each morning to drink a cup of coffee, sit down with my calendar and work sheets and write down my to-do list. Likewise, I try to take a few minutes at the end of the day to figure out what my plan is for the next day. Knowing what is coming up, what I have to get done, and what I’d like to get done helps keep me focused.
2. Wake up early or stay up late.
I am a morning person, so getting up at 4am doesn’t bother me. And to be perfectly honest, I love the peace and quiet and alone time I get at that time of day. However, if you have kids, you also stay up much later than you probably used to, usually until quite late. Those hours after the kids have gone to bed, or before they wake up can be so productive. all kinds of stuff you can done. If you have a plan! So take some of that time for yourself early before the house gets up or after it goes to bed to start your plan. This is also a great time to do your workout!! You need to spend hours in a gym for a workout. It can be done at home in as little as 20 Mins if you are consistent. See My Best Beginner At Home Workout
3. Set your priorities.
What absolutely needs to get done today? Make a list while you are having your coffee in the morning or your tea the evening before. Remember……….the time you are going to take for yourself. Keep in mind that the amount of time you spend on things should be fairly relevant to how important it is. Don’t waste time on things that don’t matter.
4. Set the timer.
This is a great way to keep you motivated to just do the task that the timer is set for. Focus! For example, it is amazing how much cleaning you can get done when you only have 30 minutes! Yes, as you are cleaning, you may see something else that should be done. But this time is just for the task at hand!!
I use the timer for social media as well. Limiting the amount of time I spend on endless time-sucking scrolling makes a difference too. If It Takes Less Than Five Minutes, Do It This simple rule has been a life changer for me. If I notice I am procrastinating on something I think to myself, “No that’ll take a couple minutes, just do it.” And then I do it.
5. Set small weekly goals.
Each week I set one goal for myself in the areas of my work, house, organization, projects & my blog
Bite size goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time managed. See SMART goals.
Things I can accomplish within the week
5. Use a checklist. You can make one up in your alone time form #1
I love crossing things off my list. There is something so satisfying about it. I use a WILL DO list rather that a TO DO list. There is something more actionable about will do as opposed to to do.
6. Delegate……. there’s no shame in asking for help. Kids and spouses can pick up some of the slack. Just make sure you give them a list too
7. Kids and Two Lists
There are things you can do when the little kids are awake, and things you can do when they are napping. You will need two lists. Take care of list #1 while they are awake and need your attention, and switch to list #2 as soon as you put them down.
8. Give yourself a break
For me, this is the hardest part. But I’m learning. I remind myself of my priorities and that its okay if I can’t do it all.
Integrating some time management into your daily life will make the small goals even easier and the big goals not seem so hard to accomplish.
Life will never be 100% balanced.
That’s just reality. If you want to focus on something specific in your life other areas will likely receive less attention. That unfortunately is the truth of it. You have to decide what is important.
“Extraordinary results require focused attention and time. Time on one thing means time away from another. This makes balance impossible.” Gary Keller
If you want to lose weight you’re gonna have to spend more time at the gym and less time drinking/eating out with friends.
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If you want to run your own business you’re gonna have to give up watching tv all the time and scrolling through social media.
If you want to travel the world, you’ll probably sacrifice a lot of time with family/friends.
What sacrifices are you willing to make to get what you want? That’s the important question here.
Need help on goal setting? Read 10 Foolproof Ways To Achieve your Goals
What are your time management strategies? Anything to add here?
Let me know!!!
Loving life one day at a time