Spend Your Time Where It Matters Most
You’re a mother. You’re working a full-time job. You’re an aspiring business owner with big dreams, goals and you have a lot to learn. Let’s face it – you’ve got a lot going on in this moment. You simply cannot afford to spend your time on things that don’t propel you forward and land you closer to achieving your dream.
Instead you must be quite diligent with your time and the way you spend it on a daily basis. Although it may not seem like it matters, but those “few extra minutes” that you spend watching your favorite television show or surfing through your Facebook feed add up. Before you know it, you’ve potentially lost 5-10 hours each week that you’ll never get back.
Imagine what you could do with an extra 5-10 hours. Take a minute right now and envision what you could do for your business, what you could accomplish at work, how you could spend time with your family, or use that time for yourself.
Often women complain that they don’t have enough time and they use that as an excuse to defer their dreams. But the reality is that everyone has the same 24 hours in a day. Why is it that some people are more productive than others? Do successful people have some hidden advantage over everyone else?
Not at all. They’ve figured out how to use their time wisely and they spend it where it matters most.
Here are some suggestions that will help you spend your time more effectively:
Limit your time on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. Set your timer. Make your posts, comments and likes and close it down when your timer goes off.
Turn off the television. Period. There’s nothing productive about watching reality TV. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.
If you HAVE to watch television, limit your time and stay within that time boundary.
Make a to-do list the night before so you have everything you need to accomplish mapped out for you.
Schedule your appointments in your phone and include the start and end time. Set a reminder and be sure to get the task done within the time you scheduled for that particular event.
Don’t procrastinate –get it done when you’re supposed to so you can cross it off and move on to the next task. If you have something weighing on your mind, it’s harder to concentrate on the task at hand. When you’re focused you are more effective.
Your overall goal should be to limit or eliminate tasks that waste your time and focus on spending your time on tasks that add value in some way. Only you can determine what is or is not valuable. Distractions will always be there. You have to develop the mental strength to stay focused on what’s important and meaningful in the long run, not just for that moment. This is a skill that will benefit you in your life and in your business.