We all want more of it. It usually goes way too fast, or much too slow. And we never seem to know where it went and yet it continues to march on.
As a business owner or nonprofit leader, one key to your success is learning to use time to your advantage.
There are so many organization tools and tips available to us these days. Tips on ways to make use of every minute of our day and plenty of suggestions on how to take time for ourselves.
I'll just give you three:
It can be hard to let go of a task even if it causes you stress and uses up valuable time. If you have the option of working with a team, determine what you can delegate to them so that you can focus on your highest priorities. Then have a weekly check-in with that team member to make sure they are staying on course.
2. Give yourself five minutes
This might be at the end of the day or even the end of the week. Take a few minutes to toss away garbage on your desk, straighten papers (dare I say organize them), and put the little things away. Give yourself a chance to breathe and make your space comfortable again. Your tasks will still be there, but you you will have reclaimed some peace in your space. I usually have a cup of coffee or a tall glass of cold water at this time.
3. Have a mind purge
Sometimes we have so many things to remember running thru our mind that we tend to forget them or lose them. Take a few minutes each day to make a short note on everything your are thinking about. Get it all on paper, or record a messag for yourself. This is not a to-do list necessarily, but a way to get all those thoughts out and settled so you can focus on what is in front of you. You'll waste less time trying to remember that thing that you thought you had to do. If you follow David Allen's Getting Things Done method, this is a brain dump.
I use these methods regularly and have learned that I really do have more time in my day than I thought. When I learned to not stress so much about time, I found that I could get more done, stay on schedule, and enjoy my time doing absolutely nothing.
What is your best time tip? What do you do to take care of your time?