Managing your time was the #1 response to our top challenges survey.
It was #1 for solopreneurs and microbusiness leaders and #3 for small businesses of 11-50 people.
These results are not surprising.
You probably don’t have a full-time employee to manage your calendar.
You have to run AND grow your business at the same time. You probably don’t have middle management that runs your operations while you focus on growth.
The four horses of the 2020-pocalypse: COVID, economic shutdown, social unrest, and a divisive election have created a series of urgent, existential crises.
You give and give and give to help your clients, customers, employees, family members, and causes that are important to you.
Your time is the first casualty amidst these urgent demands.
To regain control, you need to follow the first principle of time management.
Pay yourself first.
That’s right, it’s just like any sound investment strategy. Pay yourself first.
Follow these steps to get back in control of your time.
1. Block off one- to three-hour chunks of time two or three days per week. Solid chunks of time are what you need to get growth-related things done.
2. Schedule these times on your calendar so that no one but you can override them.
3. Let your team know about your “growth time” [this time also gives them predictability – they know you are not going to parachute in on them].
4. Protect these chunks of time ruthlessly. You will find that you can address the vast majority of urgent demands outside of your growth-time.
5. Avoid the checkerboard calendar, where all you have are 10-15 minutes of white space at a time. It’s not enough to get anything substantial done. Putting four or five of these short blocks together, though, gives you a chunk of time to get sh!t done.
When you use this method, you will be amazed that the number of hours you work per week does not increase. It might even decrease.
By getting rid of your checkerboard calendar, you free up time during the day to do the heavy-lifting that you normally saved until after-hours.
You and your family and your team will be a lot happier and more productive when you pay yourself first.
What is your top time management action step? Leave a comment here to let me know.
If you want more action steps to regain control of your time, let’s set-up a call. You will:
1. Clarify your priorities so that you know ways to make the best use of your time and energy.
2. Uncover the hidden time and energy bandits that are robbing your bandwidth and emotional well-being so that you can put yourself back in the driver’s seat.
3. Get clear action steps using the pay yourself first principle so that you regain control of your time, talent, and energy — and your balance.