For most of human history the aim was to be rich so you wouldn’t have to work as hard. Recently, however, being “busy“ has become a life choice, but this can mean you achieve success at the cost of living a meaningful life. Are we likely to wish on our death bed that we had spent more time working? Or on social media?The reality is that we can’t do it all. Don’t feel defeated that you cannot accomplish everything, but choose what matters most to you. Actively make time to pursue those key goals. This might be by setting aside time in your diary, turning off notifications and treating that time as sacrosanct. One of the best tricks that I was taught was don’t focus on your “to do” list exclusively. Sometimes flip it to create a “done” list to see what you have achieved that day. I use that a lot particularly when I feel I haven’t achieved anything, by which I mean I haven’t done all that I expected to do that day.
Also think about limiting how many projects you have on the go at once. Rather than jump from one to one tackling a smaller number of projects at a time means that you have better focus. Learn to say no! Prioritise what’s important to you so you can concentrate upon doing the things that matter most to you with a balance between work, family and friends and hobbies/interests.
Technology and social media means that it is all too easy to literally lose hours online. It will not only distract you, but can leave you feeling very dissatisfied that you don’t seem to be achieving as much as everyone else.
Increasingly we fail to find time to relax. Trying to master time management is futile. Think hard about what to take on and don’t be afraid to say no. Concentrate upon a small number of projects – this will give you better focus and will help you see them through to completion. Don’t let yourself get distracted and lose time on social media – turn off notifications and set aside a limited amount of time a day for social media.
Another option is to outsource to free up your valuable time and that is where I can help you. Whether it is email management; setting up meetings, writing blogs, researching suppliers, preparing templates, day to day bookkeeping, basic website and social media maintenance or anything else do contact me and book a 1 hour free consultation to explore this further.