Here’s a little secret I’ll let you in on. Organized and productive people make life look easy. It’s because they’ve had years – or perhaps even decades – of practice. It would be unfair to you to expect to just snap your fingers and think that you’ll magically be living on easy street. It’ll take some time to train your brain to think about and live these time management strategies. You will need to be the most present you’ve ever been in your entire life.
Here’s one more secret. Organized and productive people fall off the wagon, too. If we go on autopilot, that’s when things can begin to unravel. And we need to regroup. In order to stay organized and productive, we must apply these strategies on a daily basis. All day, every day.
I don’t tell you this to scare you off. I tell you this so that you’re realistically prepared for this mission. It may sound boring to have such structured days and to have to constantly think about the decisions we make about our time. But if you do, this will free up your brain for more creative thinking, and it will free up your time for living the life you want to live.
Let’s first establish the fact that Henry Ford was spot on when he said:
“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”
If you start off by saying it won’t work, it definitely won’t. If you start off by saying it will work, then you just infinitely increased your likelihood of success.
Questions to ask yourself about your time management strategies:
What are some reasons why the time management strategies you chose in the past might not have worked?
Were you telling yourself that you absolutely would be successful?
Were you living by the overall strategies and concepts and not just attempting to implement only the tools?
Were you viewing your priorities and targets on a daily basis?
Were you practicing self-care?
Were you aware of exactly where your time was going?
Were you planning your schedule based on your priorities and targets?
Were you creating your daily plan on a daily basis?
Were you reigning in the five key time management skills areas of the work day?
Were you communicating with your personal and work teams?
Has your life been the same every single day, without any type of variance, change, or uh-oh?
Were you reflecting with power at the end of each week?
If you answered “no” to even one of these questions, have no fear! Now that you know what the time management strategies are, you can turn things around!
If you’re unsure about making this turnaround on your own, ask a friend to keep you accountable. You can also use time management strategies resources like these to guide you along the way.