Well, this is something that I have had personal experience with and had to overcome.
So I decided I would share the knowledge..
Why is Time Management so important in your business?
Well, if you are a self-employed entrepreneuer like myself, this is literally the difference between success and failure.
Here’s the deal,
I worked the corporate lifestyle for almost 5 years before starting to create an income online and finally started working for myself.
But the thing is..
Once I started working for myself, and not having to work the ole’ 9-5 shifts, I actually felt like I had LESS time for my business..
I soon realized it was because I lacked proper time management skills, and had no idea how to efficiently use all this extra time that was now available.
I started sleeping in late, and spending most of my time “thinking” about what I needed to do, and not actually doing anything.
This became a problem, but thankfully, I became very aware of it, and began doing the research necessary to master this skill set.
I started researching other entrepreneurs to see what their secret to time management was.
I watched video after video, and read blog post after blog post trying to gather as much information as I could.
Finally I came across a video done by Vick Strizheus, who is a self-made millionaire online, and someone who I have looked up too in this industry for quite some time.
Now, after watching this video, I knew that this was going to work for me.
It was a combination of all the best ideas I had gathered over the past week trying to get myself back on track.
It is a surprisingly simple strategy that anyone can apply.
Here is a summary of how I plan out each day:
- The night BEFORE, write out on paper (very important to write it out, not just think it) everything you would like to accomplish tomorrow in order of priority (most important first, to least important)
- Now, write down an estimated time of how long everything you want to accomplish should take you right beside each task on the paper.
- Read it over a couple times
- Go to bed, with these thoughts marinating in your subconscious mind
I have only begun this process about a week ago, and so far I am absolutely blown away by its effectiveness.
I have already had to make adjustments to my “action list” that I write before bed.
When I first started doing this, I was shocked by how I was somehow, sub-consciously finishing these tasks within the time frame that I had suggested the night before.
Then I started to pay attention to the times throughout the day that I could improve on.
I was getting my morning tasks done within the estimated time, but the tasks that I didn’t write down on the paper (like taking a shower, and making lunch), were taking me way too long and killing my time effecieny.
On my nightly “action list”, I simply added:
Shower – 5 minutes
Prepare Lunch – 10 mins
Eat lunch – 10 mins
And once again, I somehow made this work.
I really don’t know how this works, all I do know is that it does, over 90% of the time.
Let’s hear some of YOUR thoughts on time management.
Do you suck at it? Have you mastered it? I want to hear from you in the comments below.
AND one more thing..
If you know a friend or anyone who lacks time management skills, please share this blog post with them!
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