One of the top questions my clients ask me all the time is, “How can I manage my time better?”
This is a really interesting question because the truth is there is only 24 hours in a day, and no one person has more time than the next person.
Have you ever said to yourself, “I don’t have time. Oh my gosh, I don’t have enough time to do that. I have so much to do. I have this never ending to-do list that just feels like it will take forever to get done.” When we’re in this state of suffering about how we don’t have time, doesn’t it become kind of like a self-fulfilling prophecy, and we find that we actually have less time in the day.
So the fist step to managing your time better is to stop telling yourself you don’t have enough time, because notice how much more spacious you feel and just go ahead and do whatever you need to do without thinking in your mind you don’t have enough time.
The next step to managing your time better may not be what you think. I invite you to shift your perspective to:
Instead of asking yourself how can I manage my time better, ask, “How can I manage my energy better?”
Because the truth is time management is never really about the time.
We’ve all been there. Have you ever noticed when you feel more energized? Maybe it’s early in the morning. You get something done way quicker than when you’re tired. It’s because everyone has their own personal rhythm, and it’s really important to honour your personal rhythm especially when you’re running your own business.
One of the reasons you have decided to be in business in the first place is to have more control over your time and your energy. So decide, first of all, whether you’re an early bird or a night owl. Don’t pass any judgment about how long you sleep, or how much sleep you need, or when you work.
There is a lot of shame in our society about if you’re not the person to get up at five in the morning and hitting the gym and getting all your meditation, gratitude, affirmation and visualization done before getting ready for work, then somehow you’re a failure. But that’s really not the case. Everyone has the optimal time of the day when they’re most productive, so find out what that is for you.
What I encourage you to do is in the next week, keep a log of how much time it takes for you to do something. If it feels like it’s taking you too long, or you’re getting into that state of “Oh my gosh, it’s taking me too long to get this done” or somehow you’re just feeling like you’re in a slump, and you’re not being as productive, then consider changing the time of day that you do the task during. You might find that you’re a lot more productive at the tasks that you have to do either in the morning, in the middle of the day, or even late at night.
If this is hitting home for you and you’d like to chat about what’s really going on in your business, I invite you to schedule a 30-minute clarity call with me here.