Time, that one thing that everyone needs. It is more than enough for a few people while it is never enough for most. They think; “24 hours a day, 7 days a week is just not enough. There are loads of things to do!”
One good thing is that everyone has the same amount of time to utilize. 24 hours a day is what everyone has; not more, not less. If only your financial or social status can buy you more time. In fact, the richer or more influential you become, the more responsibilities and the more 24 hours seems too small to manage in a day.
While some people are good at managing and maximizing time, others are not. As an entrepreneur, how do you effectively manage your time knowing fully that you don’t even have the complete 24 hours to work in a day? You need time for your business, time for family, time to sleep and time to have a little bit of fun. Know that everything is all about finding the balance. Most people get so occupied with work that they neither have time for their family nor themselves.
You might want to check out my article on business suggestions for housewives where I put down several work suggestions for women. Work that would give you financial independence as well as enough time for your family.
Today, I’m going to be sharing with you three (3) basic time management techniques that have been working for me. You should try it too. It is my DPA. Determination. Prioritization. Anticipation.
DETERMINATION: First of all, ask yourself; “How motivated am I really? How critical is carrying out these task? When I really want to do something, when the desire to do something is really burning in me, there is definitely going to be time to do that thing. Maybe the real reason that you have not done something is because you don’t have the determination to do it, and not because of time. But as usual, we end up blaming time. Look at the benefits of doing those tasks. If it is worth it, then that should be your motivation. Adjust your schedule in favor of that activity you intend to do. Trust me, there is always time.
PRIORITIZATION: This is similar to what I explained when I wrote about budgeting. Make a plan. Arrange all the activities you intend to do according to priority. Then, pay utmost attention to the first ones on your priority list. You should also learn to delegate. It helps a lot to in getting things done. Most people just try to squeeze in every task together within 24 hours without thinking which of the task is actually most important. This is what is called misplacement of priority. They end up doing half job for all the tasks. Not actually doing any task as good as it is supposed to be done. So, if you really want to do something, make it a priority. Trust me, there is always time.
ANTICIPATION: This can be said to be the opposite of procrastination. Procrastination is what you do when you keep postponing tasks. You keep telling yourself you would do it at any other time but definitely not now. Procrastination is deadly. We find ourselves procrastinating for days, weeks, months or even years! It is said that the right time to do something is NOW. Now is the time my friend. Not the next minute or even the next day. You want to do something? DO IT NOW! Trust me, there is always time.
As a business owner, you should always have a plan. Share the 24 hours for family, business and any other thing you intend to get involved with. If you’ve decided to give your business 6 hours out of 24 hours for example, try as much as possible to maximize that time for the business so that you don’t end up eating into the time designated for other things. Every second counts. Always ask yourself if what you are doing at any point in time is what you really should be doing. We tend to spend so much of our time on less important things that we end up not having time for the things that matter. So I’m telling you today, if you really want to do something, trust me, THERE IS ALWAYS TIME!
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