Always be on… always be hustling… Always be closing… Always be scheduling… Always be working… Always, always, always…
Many of us have heard these types of mantras and the capitalist structure that we live in demands that we MUST think this way in order to build a successful business or career.
I always hated that mentality. In fact, I don’t agree with it at all.
You don’t always have to be ON, hustling, closing, scheduling, working…
Often, I’ve found that for my clients and students, even myself, the trouble with time management is due to a lack of structure… knowing what to do first: the most important thing to do each day.
It’s a mindset about time. And for service-based professionals, especially business owners, this false ideal that not working is equivalent to making no money is rampant.
The truth is, the more structure you have, the more freedom you have.
Because then, you know what to expect and what’s coming down the pipeline, and you can choose what to put into your blocks of time.
Instead of wasting time making these huge promises or commitments you know you won’t be able to sustain, set tiny, baby, S.M.A.R.T. Goals or goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, reasonable and time-sensitive.
Then, make sure you choose the right Power Tools to get there – aka the tools that help you to be your most powerful and structured, productive, beautiful, rested, sustainable self!
And in case you were wondering, time management isn’t about time at all. It’s about managing projects and tasks … but that’s a post for another time!
As you go about your day, think about these questions:
- Take a personal goal – for example, the most common is weight loss (even though you’re beautiful just the way you are and the reason for the goal of weight loss is often much deeper and more expansive like being comfortable in your skin!) – and look at it from a “Five W’s and How” perspective. Ask:
- “WHO is going to lose weight?”
- “WHAT am I going to do?”
- “WHERE am I going to lose weight?” (I know, that’s a weird question, but keep going.)
- “WHY do I want to lose weight?”
- “WHEN am I going to start trying to lose weight?”
- “HOW am I going to lose the weight?” Hint: Make sure it’s Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Reasonable and Time-Sensitive aka S.M.A.R.T.
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