Are You the Master of Your Time?

Are You the Master of Your Time?

Stopwatch with words "Get It Done" on the face.You’re a hard-working business owner. You’re rolling along at top speed. Yes, you have some clients (yipee!). You’re way too busy in fact… But, are you the master of your time?

Suddenly it hits you like a ton of bricks: it’s just ain’t enough.

Financial goals…. pshaw! You aren’t even close to getting there. You panic. You get that horrible, choking feeling that (gasp!) you need to “do” more. Sound familiar?

Then, another problems washes over you like an unavoidable avalanche.

Important things are slipping through the cracks; all you seem to be capable of is putting out fires.

You’re already at capacity. You’re working umpteenth hours a day, and busy on weekends as well. There are no more hours in a day or days in the week.

You can feel burnout nipping at your heels. Yet, you feel helpless to stop it. What’s a girl like you to do?

Whoa! Before we dive into mutual “I’m too busy” pity-party, here’s a reality check:

[tweetthis]Everyone has the same amount of time. Every day. [/tweetthis]

Some people complain constantly about being a slave “not enough time” syndrome. Yet there are so many others that seem to get miraculous amounts of stuff done.

What’s the difference? Choice.

Think about it. Every single item on your agenda is the direct result of a decision you made. You decided how to spend your time. You decided how much your time is worth. And, as an extension, you decided how much you’re worth.

This is especially true for spirit-centered business owners. You haven’t a boss dictating what you do every minute of the day, what you have to get done. On top of that, you want to save the world as well.

To put it bluntly, the running-around, I-don’t-have-time lifestyle is so because you chose it.

… There, I said it.

[tweetthis]Mastering your time is a matter of getting real about your time is worth. [/tweetthis]

Ok, how do you put a stop to the madness? How do you break the circuit and stop the hamster wheel?

Here are some of my favorite strategies to help you break out of the “I ain’t got time” cycle. That way, you can start productive use of the time you do have:

Delimit Your Time

Put frames around your time. Schedule everything.

Stick to the value you place on it. That’s your job.

If it’s not on your calendar, it’s not happening. Period. End of conversation.

Assess Where Time Is Going

It is worth knowing how long you spent on social media today and how much time it’s taking you to invoice your clients, exactly.

Invest on a time tracker app.

You can’t improve what you don’t know.

Leverage Small Amounts of Time

Every week, go through your schedule and look for the little chunks of time.

These small gaps can be put toward moving the big ongoing project forward. If you don’t know what you can do in 10-15 minutes, invest in chunking the project’s to-do right now.

Say No to All Extraneous Stuff

By saying yes to all the unimportant stuff you’re doing the opposite of setting boundaries. You’re actually saying “no” abundance.

Abundance is about having clarity of purpose, not about “everything.” So, get super clear on what exactly is a priority – and then do just that.

Then, say no to anything else.

Multi-tasking is a myth. Trying to do more than one thing at a time whittles away your productivity. It will make you certifiable, believe me.

Your Turn

Where are you resisting putting delimiters on your time?

Which one of these strategies could you put in place first? Will you do something to reclaim a chunk of your time?

I want to hear about it in the comments below…

3 Responses to Are You the Master of Your Time?

  1. Lilia this is such an important post! I totally agree with your comment that mastering our time is about getting real about how we value our time. I am very generous with my time and because I love so many things I do in my life, I sometimes give more time than I have energy. I will use your recommendations and start with scheduling everything into my day, so I can be more mindful about how much energy I have to fulfill my commitments. Thank you so much for your insightful article.

  2. ohhh honey! You SAID it! I wonder how many of us had to say ouch or squirm when you called it – we choose how to spend our time. It’s a shock to many of my clients when I tell them this, but as you point out through out your entire article – it’s the first and most important step to doing anything differently! Great article!

    • Bonnie….I said ouch myself. Somewhere in the hubbub of every day stuff I lost sight of what it is that i really wanted to get done and found myself 3 months later with nothing done. Luckily for me, I caught myself. I just wonder how many people don’t.

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