We all have issues with time management (or more accurately what we do with the time available) and the frustrations of never getting to the bottom of our ‘to do’ list!
Remember, in the main, the difference between success and mediocrity is what we DO with the time we have available to us.
Here are a few tips that might help:
1 – Start with the end in mind – you may know this as one of the 7 Habits of highly successful people uncovered by management guru Steven Covey and it is true. If you are very clear on the goals you want to achieve then you should apply the “Will this get me any closer to my goal?” question to everything you do – if the answer is no then why do it. Do something that does!
2 – Review your plan for reaching your targets – calculate how much time you should be spending on the various activities that will take you to where you want to get to e.g. if your plan requires you to generate an increased number of leads then you will need to allocate more of your time to marketing activities.
3 – Record what you do for a week or two – Jot down how you spend your time at 15 minute intervals over the course of a week or two and then graph it (We have templates for those that are interested). Are you really spending your time doing the things you need to?
4 – Try setting a default diary so that, for example, if your goal requires you to spend 30% of your time on sales then protect that amount of time in your diary.
If you would like to investigate how you can use time more productively please contact us