Managing Yourself: There are a million books, workshops and web-based classes on managing time. I know because I’ve bought or attended most of them…Now here’s the harsh realisation – the challenge is time is unmanageable. Since there are twenty-four hours in a day and nobody has more or less. Nothing can change this fact.
So, instead of managing time, think of managing yourself and how efficient you are each and every day.
To begin, please understand that your time is life’s most valuable asset.
You can make money, lose it and make it back again. But once you invest your time, it is gone, and it’s gone forever.
So how attentive are you? Do you spend or invest your time? If you’re anything like many of my clients and me, it’s both. The first step in understanding where your time is going. Is to audit yourself by tracking it over a two to three week period.
Where are your precious hours going?
How are you using them and most importantly, are you investing them in the right activities? Hint – if you get to the end of the day and it feels like you were busy, but you did not accomplish anything, then you are not managing yourself with efficient use of your time. To get better control of managing yourself, divide your time into three different colours based on your results from the audit of your day:
Green – green time is the time that makes you money and makes your business more successful. I think of it as a time that is both urgent and important – where you are making firm plans for the future of your business as well as working with your “A” grade customers.
Yellow – yellow time is spent working on the day to day operation of your business (but you are not sure if it is making you money). Yellow activities can either move to green or, to red. This clarity is the prime area of opportunity for managing yourself.
Red – red time is activities that you are going to stop. These are typically activities that can be outsourced, done by a junior team member or are mere distractions.
By understanding where your time goes, you will be better at managing yourself in the efficient use of your day.
Make the Change
I have produced a short four-page guide on managing yourself by practical use of your time. It includes the audit worksheets, templates, and examples. I use it with all my clients, and on average they have gained an hour a day. No, not by reading it BUT by taking action and making changes.
If you feel like you want to improve managing yourself and would like to download your FREE PDF copy of this guide and other resources to help you. You can Contact me here, and I’ll happily send them to you.
“By Changing Nothing, Nothing Changes” – David Bater
So What About You?
What’s your perspective on managing yourself, do you agree time is life’s greatest asset? If the general running of your business takes up too much of your day, check out the post on: ‘How to Create a Sales & Marketing Strategy for Your Small Business.’