I have no time to manage my time

Small Business Mentor

Have you ever noticed some people are able to stay organized while getting a massive quantity of work accomplished, while others appear to be busy but never actually produce results? Time management is the key to becoming a successful entrepreneur. Clay Clark

 Constantly being in a state of “I’ve got so much to do but I don’t know where to start” generally means we lack true direction and haven’t taken the time to get clear on what we want to achieve. Some causes of this lack of clarity include procrastination, putting off making decisions, waiting for others to take the first steps, fear of not getting the result you want and being too concerned with what others will think. It’s more like pushing peas around your dinner plate rather than just eating them and getting to what you really want…. desert. How many of us have experienced this?

 To ease pressure on you and your teams by removing the feeling of going around in circles, get some structure in to your days. They say Structure gives you Freedom and the ability to take on more uncertainty… perfect for helping you stop the unstructured craziness and help you on the road to cracking results. Mentoring small businesses in Brisbane I see significant quick wins, particularly through adding simple processes to free up our precious time.

Here are 3 tips to improve your time management:

1.     Get clear on what you want to achieve – a clear plan, with expected delivery timelines, allows you to set and take specific steps to get the results you want. Where to focus to make this plan a reality will add structure in to your schedule.

2.     Apply the 4 D’s – Do, Diarise, Delegate, Dump. By applying these each day, you will ensure that your schedule is kept on point. At a minimum, by applying the 4 D’s at the start and finish of each day you will find tasks will not be able to “sit stagnant” on a list. Getting clear on what you will say NO to gives you the freedom to free up time.

3.     Involve those around you – what can you say no to which means it then gives someone else the opportunity to take it on… see it as an opportunity for them to develop their skills and feel they are having more of an impact on the direction

 None of these will actually happen unless you commit to adding the structure and doing the work to make it successful. This implementation and persistence to get the results is now up to you. I’m backing you to make it work and look forward to hearing of your success stories and the results you are getting.

Please forward to those in your networks who will get value from our tips. If you'd like some assistance to implement these, send us a note at strategy@mentorisgroup.com.au and we'd love to chat about adding value for you.

Paul Farmer