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Your Ideal Day


Biz Woman Time FreedomYou really can have productive days, and not just one, I’m talking plenty of repeats here. It’s about creating the structure that fits for you to make things work. One thing I know that people wish for is more time. We all know that’s not going to happen, but what if you could design things in a way that allowed you to get back two hours of your time each day? It’s doable. One way to get back some of the time that you’ve got going out the window, never to return is to let go of the dead weight. By dead weight I mean the things that don’t matter; the unimportant things that are taking up your calendar and wasting your time.

Right now, look at your calendar and your to-do list and determine whether or not each of the items there is worthy of your time. Yes, I said “worthy”. If you’re going to allow something onto your calendar or onto your to-do list, it has to be worthy of your time. For each of the items, look to see if it’s directly related to something that’s priority for you; so related to a goal or a project you’re working on; maybe something for a client. If it’s not worthy, remove it so you can focus on the things that matter.

Speaking of focus, refining yours is another way that you can get more time back in your day. When you look at what you’ve done so far today, how would you rate your focus? Have you been all over the place today in a somewhat irrational manner, or have you been very intent and precise in the actions you’ve taken and the things that you’ve given time to today?

One other way to add time back into your day is to step back and make time for you. As the saying goes, sometimes you have to slow down to go faster. So true! You can’t go through each day, all cylinders firing, pouring into your clients, you family and others and expect to be able to keep it all up without making time for you.

Those are just three things that you can do to add time back into your day and begin to create the structure for having your ideally productive day every day. If you’ve ever imagined what your ideal day would look like or attempted to create it, start with these three things. What would you be able to get done during your day that you just can’t seem to accomplish right now? You can have that ideally productive day if you consciously create it and make the effort to live it each day.

If you’re striving to create more productive days, and to be productive every day and just can’t seem to do that, make room in your calendar for one of these.

 


Growing More TimeWe all know that there is really isn’t a way for us to get more time in our day, but so many times you’ve wised for it. The magic number is 1,440. That’s the number of minutes we get in every day. How we invest it is what makes a different. As much as you wish for it, you aren’t getting any more time, but you can shift your perspective and your approach to how you manage things. Here are seven things that you can do right now to add more time to your day by making that shift.

  • Handle things once. That means paperwork, email and voice mail messages. When you are in the midst of the paper work, email and voice mail, take instant action. Determine what to do with the paper work; decide whether to read it, reply to it, place it in your to-do file, delegate, file or trash it. Treat email and voice mail the same way. While you’re checking email at the designated time reply, call back or add it to the calls you’ll make at a designated time. The time you save can add up to more than 8 hours over the course of a month.
  • Be decisive!  Make the choice and keep it moving. The time wasted around decisions slows down your ability to take action. This can give you about an hour in your day.
  • Put it in writing. Writing things down makes a big difference when it comes to getting things done and the amount of time they take. If you’re forever thinking about the things that you have to do, your productivity suffers greatly. I tell clients all the time that it’s not real until you write it down. It clears your mind so that it’s free and you can focus.
  • Turn off the technology during your Prime Time™. Figure out the time of day when you’re at your best mentally and physically and use that period to tackle your top priorities. During that time, close your email, turn off the phone and get it done.
  • Curb the time wasters. There are things that seriously suck the time away from what’s important. Email, the internet, social media and sometimes the phone will all have you wanting time. Be conscious of the amount of time you spend on each. Use a timer while engaging in those activities if necessary. It can give you back an hour.
  • Prioritize you work. Know the priority for each of the tasks that are on your list. When you prioritize you’re not guessing about what has to be done, you already know. Knowing the value and importance of each task makes it easy to know what’s important and what you need to delete from your list.
  • Delegate. It can be hard to do, but it’s necessary. Make a list of the things that need to be done that don’t require your expertise. Find someone you trust, like a virtual assistant to handle those things so that you can focus on the things that generate revenue. It will give you back some time as well as allow you to increase you bottom line.

 

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