If you own your own company or you are a busy professional building your career you understand the pull to fill every moment of your time wisely. Especially if you have a family! While there are countless time management methods that claim to be the perfect solution, the truth is there is no “one size fits all” answer. However, there are a few things that can help with time management! Especially when you suck at managing your time and all other methods have failed.
#1 Schedule your energy
Craig Groeschel says you need to schedule your energy not just your hours. He calls this your “usable hours.” If you have a chronic illness or struggle with fatigue and energy spikes and drains this method could work for you. It’s one I have found great success with!
You take your schedule day by day and assign your task list according to the amount of energy you have for the day. This method won’t work for everyone. But, If you have physical. emotional, and mental limitations that tend to sabotage your efforts at time management this concept could help you better manage your time.
If you want to learn more, Groeschel has a great podcast on energy management that you can find by clicking the link HERE.
#2 Put first things first
If you can’t manage your time well, your task list might be too big. Or you might have too much on your schedule and don to have the actual time to complete the tasks that are important to you. Try putting first things first.
Schedule priorities first and then add other things. Keep eliminating until your schedule fits your life. Make your task list 3-5 things and determine which thing would make all the other thing so easier if that was completed.
#3 Batch task similar work for a time management hack
Busy business owners and entrepreneurs often have a common problem of scheduling themselves in chaotic ways. You find yourself jumping around to different tasks that don’t make sense. You can’t focus on any task completely from start to finish and nothing gets done. If this sounds familiar you might want to try batch scheduling.
For example, If you take clients make sure it’s on certain day (Tuesday’s & Wednesday’s) or time of day (mornings or afternoons) don’t schedule meetings and client sessions willy-nilly because you will break focus every time you have to leave a project for a meeting and vice versa.
If you suck at time-management I would encourage you to try one of these methods for the next 30 days. Just remember, this is a process! Give yourself grace as you seek a time-management method that works best for your business and family.
With grace and grit