HAPPY FRIDAY! WOO HOO! I love Friday’s more than anything around here…but mostly because today I am going to get Starbucks + pedicures with my mom so could anything be any better? NOPE. COULD NOT. I hope your weekend has a million super fun things planned. TODAY on B&A we are discussing time management. It is something SO MANY people struggle with. I get it. TOTALLY. But you have just as many hours in a day as Beyoncé, so girlfriend, USE THEM! My use of all caps is getting out of hand. I’ll calm down. But seriously — if you are having a hard time with keeping yourself in order, I gotchu. Let’s jump into this.
Reason #1: You spend too much time on your cell phone.
I know. This one will make everyone cringe. But it’s true. If you added up the minutes you spend scrolling through your phone when you wake up in the morning, before you go to bed, when you are in your car before you get out at work, etc. It seriously adds up. I tried to stay off my phone as much as possible the last few days (obviously — besides doing things for work) and found I had MINIMUM an extra hour to get things done. Think of what you could do with seven extra hours a week (aka 31 extra hours a month — THAT IS MORE THAN A WHOLE DAY). Use than hour to get ahead.
Reason #2: You aren’t listening to your body.
The fact of the matter is this — people function differently. AND THANK HEAVENS FOR THAT, amiright??? But the deal is this. Some people work better at 6am, and other at 12am. I am not an early bird. I’m just not. I never will be. I can’t get things done at 6am. So I know I need to spend a little bit of extra time sleeping in in the morning so I can stay up later at night. You will be more productive if you find the time you can concentrate and focus the best. #science
Reason #3: You aren’t prioritizing correctly.
Are you even prioritizing at all? Going through your list willy-nilly isn’t going to anyone any favors. Make your to-do list and then number it by the amount of time it takes to complete it. I always do my tasks in order of the least amount of time to the most amount of time. I like to get the quick things out of the way and then tackle the big projects last. That may not be what works best for you, but find your rhythm and stick to it! I know I personally prioritize breakfast foods….
Reason #4: You are a perfectionist.
Raise your hand if you are like me and can’t let go of a project until it is PERFECT. I get it. I’ve been there. But sometimes you need to do it, do it well, and let it go. Stop stressing over the tiniest details. I’m not saying don’t do a good job, but maybe don’t spend 12 hours on a 5 minute project. Realize where you need to spend more time, and use it wisely.
Reason #5: You say “yes” to everything.
It’s time to stop being the yes man. I realized very quickly that I was taking on too many tasks and overworking myself. I had to stop saying yes to everyone and start putting myself and my business first. It is so important for us to realize IT IS OKAY to not say yes to everyone. Eventually, you’ll get into a system where you can recognize how many tasks you can take on without overwhelming yourself.
So…do any of these things sound like you? They probably do, and that’s ok. Until recently, they sounded like me, too. The first step is to STOP sabotaging yourself. You CAN do amazing things and you WILL do amazing things. Step out of your own sunlight and let yourself shine. You go, girlfriend.
Let me know what your BIGGEST time waster is and how to plan on stopping it this coming week — let’s help to keep each other accountable!
Until next week!