“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” – Zig Ziglar
257 businesses in the small to medium sector have completed my survey on, “what is the biggest issue you have in your business?” 87% commented that “they never had enough time to get the work done.”
Sometimes I’ll catch myself complaining about how I don’t have enough time to get through my day, I have a family, I have a business and I like to spend time with friends and also keep up with my sporting interests. But, if I really take a good, hard look at my day, I’ll realise that I spend a lot of valuable time being busy, but, what am I really being busy at?
There’s a notable distinction between being busy and being productive. Being busy doesn’t necessarily mean you’re being productive. Being productive is less about time management and more on managing your energy.
I often tell my clients that “you cannot manage time but you can manage yourself.” The next time you feel like there aren't enough hours in the day to do what needs done, remind yourself that time isn't something you can control. Instead, focus on the habits, thoughts, and beliefs that you can control, and work to make yourself more productive, more optimistic, and more focused on doing things well than doing things quickly.
Drop the, “I don’t have enough time to do it all” syndrome.
Choose, “I have enough time to do what can be done in the time I have.”
Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
1. Have a look at what you can physically fit into the time you have.
2. Work out what is realistic for you to achieve in the time you have based on what is most important to you, be.
3. Create your intentions goals and action plans based on what is realistic for you.
4. Focus on what is most important and complete that task first. That way, if you do have to drop balls it will never be the most important ones.
The start of a new year is a good time to look back at how you’ve spent your time in the year just gone. Looking at this, how do you want to spend your time in the year ahead? Will you spend it in the same way, or make some changes?
Don’t say you don’t have enough time.
You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.