Time Management for Your BEST Day
I did an experiment recently. When my son went to college and I no longer HAD to get up at the crack of dawn to get my workout in and get into the office, I stopped.
Sounds fun, right?
Well, after several months of what I call the “college schedule” of watching Netflix until late until the night and then getting up about an hour later than I normally do, I found my energy waning in the middle of the afternoon. Waning in a way that meant I needed to take a catnap in order to function.
Napping is not normal for me. I’m a great sleeper. Sleep tons. Love to sleep, but I don’t tend to nap. So having to stop in the middle of the day and rest was really weird. I was still getting the same amount of HOURS of sleep, but there was something different about the quality. I just wasn’t sleeping as well.
You might be wondering why I mention my little experiment. What I have found is for you to have your best business and your highest level of success, you need to be really deliberate about managing your time. Really, really, super deliberate. There is a great book out by Craig Ballantyne that I read recently, called The Perfect Day Formula from the Early To Rise website. In the book, Ballantyne makes the compelling argument that we need to control our time in order to get the most important tasks done for the day.
As an entrepreneur, we are always faced with many choices about which tasks to give our time to and for me, some of them scream louder than other. The irony is that the ones that SCREAM the loudest are NOT the ones that will drive my business (or yours!) to the next level.
Time managing for your BEST day is a deliberate practice that you will need to learn (and tweak) over time in order to get done the things that really matter.
So. . . how do you do that? How do you create your best day and have that become repeatable over and over again? Here are some guidelines:
- Know your WHY. Why are you building a business? What is truly important to you? If this seems like a tough nut to crack, fill in this blank, “I love what I do because. . .” Knowing your why will help you to clarify on the reason that you are putting in the effort to build a business.
- Know your WHAT. What are the tasks that you most need to get done in a day, week, month year? Start making a list.
- Know you best time to work. Even though I tried my “college experiment,” I know that I’m a morning person. My best time to work is in the early morning. That is when I’m the most creative, have the most energy and can get the most done. By attacking your most important tasks during this time, you will get your day off to a great start.
- Know the difference between URGENT and IMPORTANT. Checking email and text can seem urgent, but does it fall under the category of important tasks that will take your business to the next level? Maybe not. Leave the (seemingly) urgent tasks for your low energy times when you don’t need to be as creative or focused.
- Know your plan. One of the best tips I can give you – and I’ve heard it from expert after expert – is to plan your day at the end of the previous day. So, if it is Monday, take the time before you close out your day to plan your Tuesday. Do this each day and you will not only have peace of mind when you leave the office, but you will have a quick start when you begin work the next day.
So my college experiment failed. I’m saving the Netflix for the weekend and have started going to bed an hour earlier. I’m getting up an hour earlier too, with no alarm, feeling refreshed and ready to face the day. While I feel a bit like I’m no longer part of the popular group – staying up until the wee hours binge watching a series is kinda fun! – I do LOVE the feeling of getting done what is truly important to my business and in my life.
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Make it a great day!
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