Top Tip For Time Management

So much to do so little time……..

This is a common problem.  There is just too much work left at the end of the day.  One way to try to solve this problem is to stay up later, get up earlier, drink lots of coffee. Another is just to give up “working from home is just too hard” and to go back to a life of non-ending 9 – 5 drudgery.

It is important to recognise the enormity of what you (and I) are doing. We have started on the path of leaving a ‘proper’ job in search of something better.  The trouble is that unless you are very lucky and money comes flooding in from day 1 the hardest part of the journey is the start, the transition from being a wage slave to being self employed and doing something you like. There is the stress of working 2 jobs, the job you are employed to do and the job you want to do. Probably, those around you do not quite understand why you are giving up your leisure time to sit in front of a PC rather than spending time with them. Inevitably, the first few months will be hard.

Here is my one top tip to help.

Write a ‘To Do’ list and then work the list. If I have time to do only one thing for my business today then I want that to be the most important thing to push the business forward. With a prioritised to do list I can start at the top and work down, no more scatter gun approach, no more running around like a headless chicken.

Each night I sit in front of the TV and write my list. I sit down with today’s list, review what I have done, what I should have done, what I could have done better. I then write tomorow’s list.

There is one unexpected and great benefit. The first few lists were huge, or would have been if I had written them. I always worried that some of the important things were being missed. I woke during the night thinking about what I would do the next morning. Then there was the ‘I know that there is something else I should be doing’ feeling the next day. That is now gone. If it is not on my list it does not get done, it may be added to tomorow’s list but today’s issue is to complete today’s list.

The list has to be prioritised. There are 4 categories;

  1. Important and urgent.
  2. Important but not urgent
  3. Urgent but not important
  4. Not urgent and not important

Having a system like this will make you focus on the important things.  It will save dithering time.  It will help you schedule (when will that important but not urgent item become urgent?  I will do it then).

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