- Do you feel insecure about the future?
- Do you have physical symptoms of headaches, backaches, or a nervous stomach?
- Do you feel burned out?
- Do you find yourself working most weekends?
- Do you constantly start new projects but do not finishing them?
If you answered “YES” to any of the above questions then you probably struggle with time management on some level.
The great dividing line between success and failure can be expressed in five words: “I did not have time.” Franklin Field
Let me ask you one more question “Are you doing the important things that matter in business?”
Time management is a balancing act, you will never be able to push aside the important, but you do need to push through to do the important — for yourself and for making a difference in your business. Consider this:
The average blog is abandoned in a matter of months.
The average business fails in a matter of years.
The average attention span is… oh look a chicken.
If you don’t manage your time,
it will manage you.
Here are 3 helpful suggestions:
- Perfection is the enemy of progress. Here’s the truth: perfectionists get less done. Some tasks don’t need to be done perfectly; they just need to be done. For example, don’t write and rewrite a blog until it’s worded absolutely perfectly. Just make sure you get your point across and use correct grammar and spelling.
- Once you list all of your tasks, determine to complete your top priorities by _____ (fill in time/date). Deadlines create urgency.
- You can’t manage time; you can only manage yourself. Time isn’t the problem. The key is learning to manage your behaviors, attitudes, focus, and energy.
Accountability works for me. Perhaps an accountability partner will help you enhance your time management skills. I recommend it. You can also join me on Google+ we have an “Accountability Friday” Community. (Simply letting people know that you made a commitment on what you intend to do, makes you much more likely to accomplish your goals.)