In my last blog post, we talked about how time management is really all about mind management. So how do you start getting your brain in shape in order to make better decisions about how you use your time? It starts with step one, which is knowing what your priorities are and viewing them every single day.
When I’m working with my clients, one of the first questions I ask them in a session is, “Do you know what your priorities are? Tell me about them.”
They usually respond with something like, “Well, duh, I know what my priorities are!” It seems like a no-brainer, right? Of course we know what’s important to us! And then there’s silence, because they have trouble instantly articulating what exactly their priorities are.
The problem is that we often don’t think about our priorities until somebody (like me) point blank asks you about them. The rest of the time, especially for folks who struggle with time management, thinking about their priorities is not an active part of their daily routine.
We need to have our priorities in the forefront of our brains and not resting in our subconscious. We need those priorities in front of us so that every time we need to make a decision about our time, we are thinking about our priorities first – and whether or not what we are about to do will support those priorities.
So take some time today to invest in yourself and your well-being, which will help you to better manage your time. Write down your top three personal priorities. Then write down your top three work priorities. And then, post your priorities list in a place where you can view them every single day.
Knowing what your priorities are will help you make a better decision about how you use your time.
Since everyone has different learning styles, below are two different delivery methods to help you learn these time management tips.
audio time management tip:
video time management tip: