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Working Smarter not Harder

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

Stephen Covey

 

Hello Motivation Seekers, how are you?  I hope you all had a brilliant week and that you got some insights into the way you are spending your time.  Our goal last week was to recognise patterns that were getting in the way of you managing your time and then realising how you can make some little changes to daily habits.

If there is something you are doing that isn’t working for you, then change to something that will work for you.  It’s just a matter of figuring out what are the most important priorities and making sure those are the things you focus on.  Ploughing through the giant to do list might make you feel productive and like you are nailing your time management, but if the things on that list aren’t important, you are just wasting your time.

Stephen Covey who we have quoted this week, was a bit of an expert on this.  He came up with the urgent/important matrix as a way of helping you check where you are spending the most of your time. Click on this link: business_coaching_-_urgent_important_matrix_v3 to get a copy of this.

Have a look at this and see if you need to change how you are doing things.  I want to just mention that this is an opportunity for you to take control and get things working in a way that works for you, but it is not meant to be punitive and judgemental.  We want to improve, but not by being hard on ourselves.  Remember to acknowledge how far you have come and act like your supportive best friend in any changes you attempt.  The important thing is to make small changes slowly, so you don’t feel overwhelmed.

When you do the Stephen Covey matrix, look especially at the suggestions.  Some of the things you have been doing may be able to be delegated or ditched entirely.  When I was a busy, working mother I ran around in the morning watering plants and cleaning the house before I went out the door.  It would have been less stressful to let that go and also to look at hiring a cleaner to help with it all.  I did do that eventually, but it took me ages to accept that I needed to do that……what a waste of my time and effort.  Let’s not do that, let’s spend our time wisely and work smarter not harder.  Have a brilliant week people, see you next Monday.