This week I reviewed the product of Ann Martinez who had a piece in her product about time management. I constantly get asked by fellow Masterclass students how I manage to complete as much as I do, so I’m going to let you in on the secret.
There isn’t a secret! It is simply about time management. I mean, let’s face it, how much do we want to succeed? How much effort are we prepared to put into something to make it work? All I do is make a daily allocation of time, like having any other job, and stick to it as much as possible.
I used to go to bed at 10pm every night and sit up reading a book or doing a crossword for one and a half to two hours. Now I spend those hours from 10pm working towards my dreams. I don’t often stay up beyond 11.45pm as I seriously recognise the need for sleep.
Of course there is other time allocated – I always check my emails every morning first thing. The computer warms up while I put the kettle on, then I flick through the emails with a my first cup of tea. I delete every one that looks totally boring, I don’t even open them to see what they are! I organise the emails into files so if I need to find anything I know where it is, and that saves time later (all Masterclass students have their own little file!).
If I have a bit more time in the morning I will visit the forum to see what is going on. It doesn’t take long, a few seconds really, just to look. If I need to leave comments or post anything I usually try to do that at this time too.
Of course the great part for me is I work in shops and can read or get on the Internet if I have no customers and no other jobs to do, but basically even if I did there would be key tasks that are much quicker to manage because I have put a system in place to cope with them.
A great idea is to make a list of things you need to do. Start by prioritising the list and try to set yourself a target to complete every day. Don’t overstretch yourself. Say today you will achieve the top 3, or the top 5 items, depending what they are. When they have gone re-work the list. The key is to not allow something to stay at the bottom of your list because it has a low priority. At least once a week those bottom items need to be tackled or they will get left behind. Give it a try, you might find it works for you.
How much do you want to succeed? An allocated time regularly will see you through. Treat it like any other job you have to do.
Enjoy the journey.