The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.
– C.S. Lewis
In This Episode
We’re going to look at how time is the great equalizer for every person regardless of their position in life. Whether you’re the President of the United States, a billion entrepreneur, start athlete or homeless on the streets, you all have the same number of minutes allotted each day.
- Why do some accomplish so much more with their time?
- Why does time seem to just disappear for others
- What you can do to maximize the use of your time
5 Things The Super Productive Do With Their Time
1. Create a Time Budget
I discuss this in greater detail in Episode 17. A “time budget” isn’t the same as a schedule, instead it’s a way to allot spaces for general areas like you would with a money budget. Don’t get specific with what you’ll do with your time.
2. Delegate and or Outsource
These days, with affordable access to Virtual Assistants, outsourcing is within everyone’s reach. It’s one of the wisest things you could do as your business starts to grow.
Ask yourself what your time is worth and then look for someone who can do it either quicker for the same rate, or for a lower rate than you’d charge yourself.
3. Do the Most Important Tasks First
Set your priorities and work your way down form most important to least. This will hopefully get you to a point where you end up with the vital items complete and you’re not wasting time on the details which add little value.
4. Sharpen Your Saw
This analogy comes from Steven Covey in his book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. If you had to chop down a tree, it may take you longer to do that with a dull saw than if you invested the time in sharpening that saw and then cutting.
Set time for improving your skills where you need them soonest. In other words, focus on “Just in Time Learning.” Don’t take time learning how to do something that you can’t use in the foreseeable future. Also, don’t waste your time investing in skills which won’t be profitable for you (see #2 above).
5. Be Intentional about Down Time
If you don’t intentionally allot some down time, it will creep in and eat up your day. When you set your down time, it’s important to make sure you set boundaries for it. In other words, set a start time and an end time. If you don’t do this, it will either, never happen, or when it does, it will grow beyond what you can afford to have.
When you are doing something for fun, set priorities so you’re doing the things you REALLY enjoy first and then if you have time, some of the other things. This is similar to what I suggest you do with your work in #3.
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