“You’re busy, but are you productive?”
I used to find myself thinking this all the time.
I would ask myself questions like:
• Was I doing the right stuff to grow my business at the rate that I wanted to?
• What were my intentions for the day?
Usually, my intentions were right, but my actions weren’t.
This sent me on a crusade to study time management.
What I learned is that, if you’re asking yourself, “What should I do next?”
You’re setting yourself up for failure. Let’s start there.
My favorite tool that came out of studying time management is time blocking.
Here is what you should do:
1. At the beginning of your day (or a week, you must find what works for you), decide exactly what you’re doing to do.
2. Look at your calendar and allocate time out for the most important priorities that you have. If it’s going to take more than 30 minutes, time block it!
Rule of thumb: Only move things vertically.
Here is what I mean:
I look at my calendar every week and move things up as needed for the day. I do what I can do avoid moving things horizontally (to the next day). Moving a task forward in my day allows for more flexibility, but the goal of not pushing things back keeps me on track.
At the beginning of the day, when you’re not feeling rushed, you can look at your day with a clear vision.
The reality is, when you’re in the moment, it’s hard for you to have the perspective of your higher self.
At the beginning of your day, you should ask yourself 3 important questions:
• What am I trying to accomplish?
• When do I need to accomplish it?
• When am I going to be best suited to get that done?
Time blocking allows you the perspective of what’s important versus what’s urgent.
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