Wow, can you believe that we are already into February!
When I was younger, everyone always used to say to me that when I got older time would fly, and if I am honest I didn’t really understand what they meant. But now, I realise exactly what they meant!
So how can you make the most of your time?
The first thing to consider is the concept of time itself. One of the most common frustrations is that of ‘I have too much to do and not enough time to do it in’. Working like that leaves you feeling exhausted. But let’s face it, as much as we would sometimes like to, we cannot add another hour in a day. Time is outside of our control.
So if we cannot change how much time, how can we make the most of it?
This is a secret that many of the successful people I know seem to have a firm grasp on…
Instead of trying to control their time and working longer and harder, they have chosen to control how they spend the time they have.
Over the years I have picked up some helpful tips that I will cover in more depth in future blogs. But for now the tips are:
- Only do the things that ONLY you can do. As a business owner there is a tendency to play all the different roles in the business. Strategy, operations, marketing, HR and finance. But more often than not, that isn’t the best for you or the business.
- Make decisions to do only things that achieve your bigger purpose or goals. By that I mean that if you are clear on why you are in business then you can make decisions to do only the things that align with it.
- Be clear on the ‘cost’ of the decision you make. In business there are many decisions that you make which have a monetary cost, some an emotional ‘cost’ and others a time ‘cost’. But often the emotional and time costs are not fully considered.
When you are doing the right things, in the right balance and for the right reason, then you are more likely to feel fulfilled, invigorated and energised too.
So each morning review your to-do list before you get started.
As you do, ask yourself whether the things on that list can only be done by you and if taking those actions will move you closer to your bigger goal.
If the answer to both those questions is yes, then consider whether there is something else that you could and perhaps would be better spending your time on.
If the answer is no then go do it!