3 TIME MANAGEMENT MYTHS THAT ARE HOLDING YOU BACK IN YOUR BUSINESS
1) MYTH 1: You Can Manage Time
I know, I know, the whole title of this blog post is about “time management”, but in reality you just cannot manage time. It is a fixed entity (and some cases not exactly real anyway….I’m referring to Einstein’s theory which we’ll have to leave for another blog post! )
But instead, we CAN manage our energy.
Stick to your time-clock as much as you can.
Trust me. I tried switching it up to see if being a morning person worked better (I'm a total night owl). For a week I went to bed at
For a week I went to bed at 8pm and woke up at 4am. At first, I thought I was more productive, but after a few days, I was exhausted and actually getting way less done than when I stayed up til midnight and woke up at 7am.
If you know you’re a night owl and notice that you produce some pretty awesome content at night then stick to that schedule. Although, if you have kids or other reasons that you will need to be up early in the morning for, you do need to find a balance
between staying up..... but not so late that you’re miserable in the morning.
If you're a morning person, stick to that routine.
Focus on the things you can control----like your energy and the choices you make
Examples of ways you can manage your energy:
Getting the right amount of sleep for you (7-9 hours..it’s different for everyone)
Sticking to your time clock (night owl or early bird?)
Drinking plenty of water
2) MYTH 2: You need a to-do list to get things done
While I always advocate for a great to-do list...some people are better suited for an alternative idea. Instead of a daily to-do list try having time blocks for certain activities and then work off of your project list. What’s the difference between a project list and a to-do list you say?
Instead of a daily to-do list try having time blocks for certain activities and then work off of your project list. What’s the difference between a project list and a to-do list you say?
The to-do list is what you are working on for that day. It’s more immediate. A project list is every item listed that you need to take care of to reach your overall project. Example
(Main project) Host Telesummit
(Tasks needed to get there:)
Call Jack, Buy milk, Create opt-in
So, instead of having a daily to-do list.....you could create time blocks such as:
10am-12pm - Work on Telesummit (and within that time frame you'd get as much you could done based on the next logical step)
12-1pm- Run errands
And so forth.
Do what works for you!
3) MYTH 3: It takes too much time to pre-plan or too much time to delegate
"By the time I delegate and teach someone else how to do this...I could have done it on my own!"
Yes, this could be the case, but we know the time it will save in the long-run can make a world of difference.
*Quick tip: If you are hiring a Virtual Assistant or other staff member and you need to explain a whole process or new system to them, be sure to record this (either by video or written word) so you can now have a set manual in case you ever need to hire a different team member down the line.
"Pre-planning my week takes too long. I could already be implementing if I wasn't writing this plan!"
Again by doing this, you are going to save time that week when you don't have to sit around for the first part of the day, thinking about the next best step. Not only will it save you time, but it saves you the overwhelm and disorganization of going day to day and hoping your business gets to the next level when you haven't taken a moment to really strategically plan.
And last but not least, when you do plan your big yearly goals, you can make these much more likely to be obtained when you break them down into 90 day segments.
This ultimately makes planning your weeks and days much easier as well as keeping you strategically aligned with your ultimate goal...so you actually reach it at the end of the year.
Here is my free 90 day goal setting workbook to keep you on point with your business (and family) goals. You'll know what you should be doing each week based on your overall large goals. Enjoy!
Hey there. Welcome! As a productivity & Business Strategist I help entrepreneurs like you, find the time to grow your business without the overwhelm, so there is more time for what matters most . xoxo