Everyone knows one of those super annoying people who always seem to get everything done on time or even early. “What’s their secret” I hear you ask? They manage their time and themselves EFFECTIVELY. There’s nothing more to it than that.
Those people you know who glide through the day getting their important tasks done? They’ve all become time lords or ladies - no doubt about it. Here's five simple ideas to get you started:
1. Order of Importance is CRUCIAL
Not all tasks are created equal. Right now you may have at least two dozen things to get DONE, but there are normally less than a handful that MUST be done right away.
Boil them down, chase them out, and get started on those first.
2. Unearth High Value
What I often find is that business owners struggle with deciding which of your tasks for that day are HIGH VALUE.
High Value = Maximum Benefit For Your Business = High Priority
So sit down, and start looking up and down your list. We need to find out what is of high value, because if you focus on those first that will DRIVE change in your business.
3. High Income = High Priority
Here's another way of identifying the high value tasks in your business. I want you to cast your mind back to last week. Put aside the hours you spent checking your email or fighting fires with your team. Put that at the back of your mind.
Now, write down the tasks you did that really generated some VALUE. Which items on your agenda really boosted your PROFITS last week?
Got them? These are the things you need to FOCUS your EFFORTS on this week.
4. Make Time For Your Business
Your high-income jobs are there to stay, there’s no getting away from that.
Next you need to free up time to work ON your business business. I don’t mean spending longer in the office fire fighting issues or waiting for more emails.
In my experience, what you need is an hour a day. Use it to grow your business, to implement the activities in your business plan (maybe even write a business action plan if you haven’t got one), and to set new goals.
At first if you find it hard, that’s normal. Keep PUSHING yourself to do it, every day. When you look back in 12 months, I guarantee you won’t see the same business looking back at you!
5. Create Your Time
As I’ve said, a great starting point is an hour a day to work ON your business. Initially you might have to arrive an hour earlier or stay an hour later – but that’s not really sustainable for you in the long-term. So where’s the time coming from, you’re already working flat out…aren’t you?
Now I mean this in a good way, the simplest answer is “No”. If you don’t have an hour a day to GROW your business, then you’re spending too much time on the LITTLE THINGS.
Be honest with yourself, put your pride to one side. List the things you can trim a few minutes off each day as well as what can you start saying “No” to? You can find this hour - I know you can.
Whether it is lower rate work, endless meetings, or doing work that’s already someone else’s job. Get rid of them, or cut them back.
Use that time for to work ON your business instead!
And if you’re struggling with time to work ON your business because you feel your team is not performing at the right level, then why not then come along to my Making Your Business Work for You workshop on 28th March in central London.