Have you ever wondered how to take control of your time?
Time management is in the top 5 things you as an entrepreneur MUST learn to be successful at what you do and avoid burnout.
Trust me busy friend… this is for you!
You’re full of amazing ideas, creativity, and a zest for leaving your mark on the world. You wake up daily with a joy to create and create you will!
You love what you do and you do it so well. You’re brave and driven and putting yourself out there in the world, in public eye, is no easy feat. You’re amazing, sister.
But there’s one piece of the puzzle I think you and I both know are missing…
You are spinning your wheels so fast that you’re starting to feel overwhelmed and exhausted. There is always so much to catch up on in the world of entrepreneurship. New strategies, better ways to be productive, webinars to watch, and courses to be launched.
It doesn’t have to feel like a race you’ll never win. It doesn’t have to be the one and only thing that wins over your time.
With an effective time management system in place you will be able to spend more time doing the things you love in your business, find more balance for your family and friends, and ultimately be able to take care of yourself better.With an effective time management system in place you will be able to spend more time doing the things you love in your business, find more balance for your family and friends, and ultimately be able to take care of yourself better.Click To Tweet
Don’t believe me? Commit to trying this method I’m about to teach you for at least 21 days to see a big shift in your productivity and overall perspective on your time.
Let’s get to it!
The first part of learning to structure your time and nail down a solid time management plan is going to be all about how you’re spending your time now.
Take the next 3 days and track your time. You’re going to have to be brutally honest with yourself. This process is not about feel bad about how you spend your time or getting upset with yourself when you realize where all your time goes. No, this is about awareness. To change anything in your life you have to become aware of it.
Be exactly where you’re at and just observe. Take away the judgment and simply write down how much time you spend on every daily task.
After you track this for 3 days then you’re going to non-judgmentally analyze where your time is going. Write down a list of the biggest time suckers in order from most time spent to least time spent.
Next, ask yourself these questions…
- How is how I’m spending my time serving me?
- Is it productive and does it align with my priorities?
Make a commitment to yourself that you’re going to do the work that makes the change. It sounds easy enough but time management is all about discipline. You have to understand the pain point of how you’re feeling right now about your time to be able to change it. Dig deep as you reflect how you spend your time and think about how it is affecting your life and the way you feel. You have the power to change it through the way you choose to take action.
Okay, now it’s time to revise your time. I want you to sit and visualize your day. Literally, go do it. Visualize how you would like your day to go. Be very specific. Write it down after you visualize it.
What are some changes that are going to need to happen to make sure that you’re spending your time doing the tasks that move you forward and that you can feel good about at the end of the day? Write them down.
Time to make a plan of action!
Now it’s time to timeblock. This is the part that gets people tripped up because it will feel like you’re not going to have any flexibility or free time. That’s where you’re wrong. Using a timeblock schedule allows for MORE free time because you’re planning everything that needs to be done and putting it in it’s own time space.
Meaning there is no more scrambling to post to social media or freaking out about finishing your blog post. You can rest easy knowing those things are already part of your plan.
There’s no need to reinvent the wheel for your time block schedule, I’ve created a spreadsheet where everything is laid out for you to fill it in with your daily tasks.
- Write out a list of all your responsibilities that you have to do in a week.
- Take that list and split it into 4-8 categories (work, home life, me time, etc.)
- Fill in your time block schedule with appointments you already have.
- Spread out the rest of your tasks into your plan.
Remember, the key to setting up your timeblock successfully is committing to actually doing it. You won’t see the benefits if you don’t try.
Let us know below how you plan to try this new method of managing your time!
Meet The Author: Abby Martinez, Success & Mindset Coach
I’m Abby, a success + mindset coach for creative entrepreneurs. I help amazing female entrepreneurs overcome limiting beliefs, get clear on their goals, and take action to move forward in their businesses and ultimately live a life they love. I have a deep love for real connection and I’m always up for a chat with heart centered business owners!
Be sure to check out Abby’s amazing blog & coaching website, For The Joy!
A huge thank you to Abby for guest posting for me! She did such a wonderful job.
So now I want to hear from YOU! Do you use time blocking to maximize your productivity? Did you grab her time blocking freebie? I sure hope so! I’d love to hear from you in the comments down below!