Most of us, at some point in our lives, have tried to master the art of time management by either reading up on time management skills, or using an electronic-based day planner or a manually prepared paper-based time-table to organize, prioritize and schedule our plans for the day.
But despite all this, we end up dissatisfied with our efforts as we still seem unable to fit all that we want to do in the time we decide. Why is that so? The answer is simple. These gadgets and books about time management are designed for clock-time. Clock-time is irrelevant. You don?t live in clock-time. You live in real time. And real time is relative. Real time flies or drags depending on what you are doing. Real time is a world where all time flies when you?re having fun and crawls when you?re engaged in something taxing to the mind/body.
But the good news is that real time is mental. It?s all in your head. And therefore, if you decide, it can be made flexible. It?s time you remove any self-sabotage or self-limitation you have created within your minds about ?not having enough time? or today not being ?the right time? to start a business or for taking important decisions and managing your current business properly.
As an entrepreneur, you may be frequently interrupted or pulled in different directions at work. While you cannot eliminate interruptions altogether, you do get a say on how much time you will spend on them and how much time you will spend on the thoughts, conversations and actions that will lead you to success.
So here are some useful tips that will help you be the master of your own time :-
1. Take the first 30 minutes of every day to plan your day. The start of the day is what determines the rest of it. Don’t start your day until you complete your time plan. The most important time of your day is the time you schedule to schedule time.
2. Keep a record of all your thoughts (as much as possible), conversations and activities for a period of one week. This will give you an idea as to how much you can get done during the course of a day and where your most precious moments are going. This way you can actually find out how much of your time is wasted on unproductive thoughts, needless conversations and worthless activities.
3. Any activity or conversation that’s important to your success should have a specific time period assigned to it.? Keep an appointment book where you allot definite time for such high-priority activities. Schedule when they will begin and when they will end. Have the discipline to stick to the schedule.
4. Put up a ?do-not-disturb? sign when you absolutely have to get important work done. This will discourage unnecessary interruptions. Also make sure that such a similar sign is put up mentally to prevent your mind from wandering or day-dreaming.
5. Overcome procrastination and get things done. Do not linger around doing your low-priority tasks just because they may be more enjoyable and less-taxing. Avoid the initial starting-trouble that you may have whenever you launch yourself on any demanding, challenging task. Remember, procrastination is the worst thief of time. And the faster you get started, the faster it?s done. So push yourself to get up, and get going.