Time – Something most of us can say we want more of. We never have enough. If only we could have one more hour, one more minute, heck, even one more second. Unfortunately, it’s something we aren’t going to get. However, we can learn to use what we have more efficiently so that we can accomplish our goals.
I’ve been battling with time management since I started Footprints of Inspiration. I had no idea how challenging it would be to run a side business, work part-time outside of the home, keep up the laundry and house (which I must admit, I fail at regularly!), get dinner on the table all while dealing with chronic migraines! (Do you suffer from a chronic illness? Check out What I learned from my Chronic Illness.)
Towards the end of last year, I was at my breaking point and knew I had to make some changes. It was time for me to start working smarter!
I think everyone goes through this at some point. It doesn’t matter if we have our own business, have small children, are retired, work part-time or full-time….we all want more time and need to learn how to work more efficiently.
At the beginning of the year, I made some big changes in my life and, quite honestly, very simple ones that have made a huge impact – both personally and professionally. All with very little cost and resulting in more production and, far more importantly, more peace in my life.
I’m excited to share those changes with you in this 3 Part Time Management Series!
We’ll spend the next 3 weeks working together to find Time Management Tips and Skills that will help you, not only be more productive but also help you find peace amidst this chaos we call life.
In order to be better with our time, we need to know the following:
- What direction we want to go in our lives
- What we want to accomplish
We can’t track how well we’re doing if we don’t have a game plan. We can’t see what we’ve accomplished if we don’t write it down.
So that is precisely where we will begin. Writing out our goals.
Do you use a Bullet Journal? If so, this is the perfect time to break it out!
So get comfy, find your favorite quiet spot and write out your goals. I mean real goals for yourself.
Let’s not get too hung up on daily and weekly goals just yet. Those will come in the following weeks when we do our weekly planning. Instead, focus on quarterly, yearly and 5-year goals.
When writing out your goals you may consider the following:
This is just a starting point for you. It’s o.k. to have more than one goal for any of these areas. In fact, I have business goals and I have personal goals. I even have several goals in each of these areas.
Spend some time thinking it through. It’s o.k. if it takes you several days to put this list together. Our goals are an important part of Time Management so make sure you put some thought into it.
If you find you need more help working through your goals, then I highly recommend “Your Best Year 2017“ by Lisa Jacobs which can be found here. I purchased YBY 2016 book in November and sat down early January 2016 to work through it.
As I told Lisa in a review, I’m not typically one that answers questions in books. I usually just read through them. However, I wrote so much that I, truly, couldn’t keep my pencil sharpened!
She is a genius at getting you to dig deep and really find what you need to work on, what you need to get rid of in your life, and what you need to move forward with.
This book isn’t just for entrepreneurs. Lisa takes you through personal goals as well. (You should know, I don’t get anything for telling you about this book. I just think it’s an amazing workbook and it has completely changed the way I work and live!)
So take some time this week to work on your goals and meet me back here next week when we’ll continue our Time Management Series with some, seriously, great tips! Something so simple that has completely changed the way I work! Ready to move on now? Click on Time Management Made Easy – Time Blocking.
Have some goals you’d like to share? I’d love to hear them! Post them in the comments section below.
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Until next time, my friend……
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