Time To Stop Pissing Around, With Time

Let’s talk about time. 

When I first decided to set up my own business I was so excited to have all this time that was my own! The freedom! But I soon learned that time, just like money, needs to managed well in order to be effective! Freedom actually comes from deciding how you’re going to spend your time, and then sticking to it. 

Without a schedule or a plan of action, all that happens is: your to-do list gets longer, you continue to feel like a failure because you never tick everything off, your brain gets busier and then you spend ‘life’ with this constant weight of guilt on your shoulders, never able to fully relax for the feeling of ‘I should really be doing something!’

That doesn’t sound very freeing to me. 

So how can you actually feel on fire, get stuff done AND enjoy freedom? 

Having a schedule. 

I certainly remember thinking that a schedule doesn’t feel like freedom either. But let me tell you, this is your golden ticket to the land of the free! 

When you know what’s coming up, what needs doing, and WHEN you’re going to do it - it essentially has the same effect of someone letting you know what needs doing every hour or so. 

And that means that energetic brain space you usually spend thinking ‘what should I do next?’ is beautifully reserved. You get stuff done because you’re no longer putting off the thing you’ve been putting off! It makes you get things done within one hour rather than stretching it out over 3 days just because. And it allows you to actually switch off having completed the things you said you were going to do, and relax in the knowledge that you know when the other things on your mind are going to get done. 

Phew! 

So here’s a little look at how to plan your time in this way. I promise, it’s a game-changer! 

1. Brain Dump everything going on that you feel you need to get done - you might also recognise this as your never ending to-do list, so you should be a dab-hand! 

2. Split this list down into categories A, B, C: A = most urgent, B = needs doing, C = nice to do / could delegate / leave 

3. Then, work out how long each task will take. Chances are those emails you’ve had floating around your brain, bumping up your guilt-ometer all week could be done and sent in the next 10 minutes! You’ll actually then get to see how much time you need to be dedicating to everything - rather than writing yourself a to-do list full of things you actually physically don’t have the time to get done and feeling like an epic failure at the end of every single day. Pfft, so not good for our mind-ometer! 

4. Then, schedule each task at the times that suit you into your online calendar to get it done! 

5. Schedule in your down time, self-care and fun things too - if it’s not scheduled, it won’t get prioritised.

Tip: If it’s a right painful task, like mastering your accounts that you haven’t checked since June, decide how you're going to reward yourself when you’ve done it!

Tip: Do the stuff you've been putting off first. Get it done and out of the way so it can't take any more thought or energy. 

So, of course your action step today is to map out your tasks for the week ahead, what you’re going to get done and WHEN. Oh, and enjoy your freedom!! You’re welcome! 

If you still love good old fashioned pen and paper, that’s cool too! I really recommend the Daily Greatness Business Planner for mapping out your must-do’s, and getting pep talks along the way as well. You can get 5% off through this link here - don't say I don't spoil you! 

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