Are you like me and wonder where your time is going? Do you find yourself asking, "What did I do today?" I am growing my coaching business while being a full-time grad student, as you can imagine, it has its challenges. You may be a Mom trying to grow you business and you're wondering how you can better manage your time. Well, I am here to share some hacks that have been working for me.
I hope these hacks will help you become the master of your time, so you can increase your productivity. It's time you start working smarter not harder. I am certain that you became an entrepreneur so you could be charge of your schedule; not your schedule in charge of you.
Managing your time isn't about squeezing in as many tasks into your day as possible. It's about simplifying how you work, doing things faster, and relieving stress so you have time for the things that matter most to you.
When you master your time, you will discover — there really are enough hours in a day for everything you'd like to do, but it may take a bit of rearranging and re-imagining to find them.
5 HACKS TO MASTER YOUR TIME
1. Create Your List of Tasks the Night Before
When you create your list of tasks the night before, it helps you wake up more focused and it releases your mind from any stress around what you need to do the next day so you can get a good nights sleep. This is a really great practice if you struggle with insomnia due to work.
2. Batch Your Tasks
Each morning take a look at your list; instead of doing your work in whatever order you feel, group like tasks and do them consecutively. Different tasks demand different types of thinking, so batching allows your mind to flow with its current zone rather than switching unnecessarily to something that's going to require you to re-orient.
3. Learn to Say "No"
Do you struggle with "FOMO", fear of missing out? You are not alone. This syndrome can keep you from achieving business tasks that need to get done. To be an effective steward of your time, you will need to practice saying, "No," to certain networking events, radio interviews, projects or personal events. In order to do this, you must ask yourself if this event is going to lead you closer or further away from your goals. If the answer is no, YOU must say, "No" to the event and stay focused.
4. Get organized and create a daily routine.
This was one of my biggest areas of breakthrough around time management. I had no systems in place which left me feeling overwhelmed and stressed because I was not getting a lot done.
Finally, with the help of my mastermind group, I got a grip on my time by creating a daily checklist of task. The list is made up of tasks that must be done everyday to keep my my business on track. I typed up the list and placed it in a plastic sheet cover. I use a dry erase marker each day to check off the tasks as I complete them. This has really helped keep me focused and on track.
5. Use a timer.
This is another powerful technique for mastering your time. I highly recommend assigning times to each of your tasks groupings. When you start the tasks, set your timer to go off when the time is up. You can use your smart phone timer, a kitchen timer or a timer app like Be Focused. I actually find this to be a fun way to work on my tasks. I encourage you to try it out.
Let Me Hear From You.
I would love to hear which of these hacks worked best for you. Also, if you are a high achieving God-centered entrepreneur, I would love to invite you to join me in my private Facebook Community.