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1: Be Honest About Your Time
We are usually aware of where our money is going, but are we as cautious with our time? I find the answer to that question is no. We give away our time, which is our most precious non-renewable resource, too often and without any thought. Our first mission is to see how you use your time and what your week looks like so we can start to manage your time to maximize your results.
SECTION 1.1: Brainstorm What You Do In A Week
List all of the tasks you can think of that you do in a standard week.
SECTION 1.2: Document What You Do In A Day
Another way to see what you really do would be to document as you go. It can be eye-opening to see what your day looks like. You may be surprised to find you do more or less than you thought.
2: Structure Your Time
What does your personal operation manual look like? Is it well represented on your calendar?
SECTION 2.1: Create An Owner’s Manual
Write down your goals and the things you need to do to achieve them.
SECTION 2.2: Block Time On Your Calendar
The things you block time for on your calendar show what is important to you.
SECTION 2.3: Check Your Accuracy
Follow these steps to see how accurately you’re scheduling your time.
3: Manage Your Time Like A Pro
Would you write someone a check for $3,000 just because they asked you for it? Why not? You should value your time the same way.
SECTION 3.1: Deal With Interruptions Differently
Interruptions may be eating up your time without you even realizing it. Record how often specific interruptions happen in a week and who you allow to interrupt you.
SECTION 3.2: Set Boundaries On Your Time
We respect when a business says it is closed; we don’t walk in and start trying to buy things. We understand that when the doctor’s office is closed, they will not be able to answer our questions. What is the difference between you and them? They set boundaries.
SECTION 3.3: Practice Responding To Requests For Your Time
Setting boundaries can be difficult, so we’ve provided some scripts to help you get started. Practice responding in front of a mirror.
4: How To Handle Seasonal, Holiday Or Vacation Time
Often when we have time off or unstructured time, it feels like we don’t get anything productive done, or we don’t get through all the things we wanted to. It’s over before we know it, and we look back wondering what we did with that week (or month or summer break).
SECTION 4.1: Give Structure To Your Time Off
Use your calendar to give structure to your vacation or time off. Set a time to wake up each morning and block time during the day for important things, like meals, chores, workouts and fun activities.
SECTION 4.2: Have Different Calendars For Different Times Of Year
If you know your schedule is different during different times of the year, be proactive and set up different calendars ahead of time.
SECTION 4.3: Adjust Your Schedule During Summer Break
5: Manage Your Time To Reduce Stress
SECTION 5.1: Learn From the Past
Holidays can often be stressful. After each holiday, make note of what was a struggle for you. Mark your calendar for the next year so you don’t repeat the same issue.
SECTION 5.2: USE THE 24/48/72 APPROACH.
Stress comes from feeling overwhelmed and not having a clear way of dealing with all that you need to do. Here’s a simple approach that keeps me sane and I think would help you, too. Decide what you must do within the next 24, 48 or 72 hours and what’s less urgent.