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The Key to Managing your Time

“The key is not to prioritise what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”

Stephen Covey

Hi Motivation Seekers, how’s your week been?  I hope it’s worked out well for you and if it hasn’t, that you at least learnt from that.  How are the stress levels?  Did the worksheet from last week help with that?  I sincerely hope that it made a difference for you.

I had been talking to a couple of clients during the week about the need to prioritise their time.  It’s not about how big the “to do” list is, it’s about prioritising it, so that you are working on the right things, the things that are important to your business and that are going to make a difference for you.  Not only do we need to work on those things, but as our brilliant Stephen Covey quote tells us we need to schedule those important priorities, we have to block out time for them.  Why do I say that we need to block out that time?

If you don’t block out the time for the important stuff, it slips to the bottom of the list.  I know, I’ve done it, we all do it.  It’s so tempting to do the easy stuff first – I’ll just do this and get it out of the way, then I’ll start working on that really big project. What happens with that approach?  We just work on the little things, we never get ahead and we feel like we have worked really hard, but have nothing to show for it.

NOOOOOO!  Let’s not do that, let’s do things differently.  Stephen Covey has also got a fabulous way of helping us with this, and I have an adapted worksheet to help you with it.  It’s the Urgent/Important Matrix and it’s really easy to do. It can highlight what your priorities should be, where they fit and may provide insight into why you’re not achieving your dreams and getting the results that you want.  You may just be focusing on the wrong stuff!  Here’s the worksheet: business_coaching_-_urgent_important_matrix_v3.

In business and in life, there are always so many demands on our time, we can never, ever be able to do all the stuff we need or want to do.  There has to be sacrifice.  The things to sacrifice are the things that aren’t important, that aren’t going to take you where you want to go.

First thing to do is find out what the most important things are.  It can help to have an overall question that you apply to your business, that helps you focus on what will make the difference.  For example, if you want to increase your market share, it may be something like: “will it make the customers love us?”  If you want to be more profitable, it could be “will it increase our profit?” or “will it add to our bottom line.” Think about what your core values are and what your purpose is, and whether you are currently achieving those.  If not, what is the one thing that will make a difference to help you do that?  Once you know that, you will have identified what your priorities are, you then just fit them into your schedule and bring them to the forefront of everything you do.

Sounds easy?  It’s probably one of the main things that everyone struggles with.  The ability to work on the right things at the right time, is one of the very best attributes any of us will ever have.  If you are struggling with this, I can help you discover what your priorities are and how to manage your time so that they are prioritised.  Once you can do that, your business will flourish, it’s about working “on” not “in”.  Contact me click here if you want some help with that, remember their may be funding available through the Regional Business Partners programme, click here to check if you are eligible.

I hope you have an absolutely awesome week and that you get started on prioritising your time.  Let me know how you get on and if the worksheet has helped.