W1N 2014 with Terrific Time Management Techniques
Talent, background, and education vary from person to person and from program to program. The one thing that everyone will have in common in 2014 is the amount of time the year will have. To be exact there will be 31,536,000 seconds this year. Making the most of those precious seconds and how they are invested in your goals, family, education, etc. is due in large part to your time management skills.
There are two types of time: clock time and real time. In clock time, there are 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day and 365 days in a year. All time passes equally. When someone turns 25, they are exactly 25 years old, no more or no less.
In real time, all time is relative. Time flies or drags depending on what you’re doing. Thirty minutes in line for the TSA screening at the airport can feel like 14 years. And yet our teenage children seem to have grown up in only two hours.
Which time describes the world in which you really live, real time or clock time?
In 2014 we will all have goals and New Year’s resolutions. Which are another topic altogether but reaching those goals and continuing to strive for excellence must be a daily grind and the way allocate our time can have a huge impact on reaching the goals in a more timely manner. Who wouldn’t like to not only reach their goals but also do it faster?
The reason time management gadgets and systems don’t work is that these systems are designed to manage clock time. Clock time is irrelevant. You don’t live in or even have access to clock time. You live in real time, a world in which all time flies when you are having fun or drags when you are doing your taxes.
The good news is that real time is mental and if time really does fly you are at the controls. It exists between your ears. You create it. Anything you create, you can manage. It’s time to remove any self-sabotage or self-limitation you have around “not having enough time,” or today not being “the right time” to start toward your goals and take action.
As a coach, you may be frequently interrupted or pulled in different directions. While you cannot eliminate interruptions, 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 and the success of your program in 2014.
Here is a list of 4 time management tip to help you W1N your days in 2014:
1) Take the first 30 minutes of every day to plan your day. 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) Any activity or conversation that’s important to your success should have a time assigned to it. To-do lists get longer and longer to the point where they’re unworkable. Appointment books work. Schedule appointments with yourself and create time blocks for high-priority thoughts, conversations, and actions. Schedule when they will begin and end. Have the discipline to keep these appointments.
3) Put up a “Do not disturb” sign when you absolutely have to get work done. Block out other distractions like Facebook and other forms of social media unless you use these tools as part of your program or it is essential to your work.
4) Practice not answering the phone just because it’s ringing and e-mails just because they show up. Disconnect instant messaging and put the phone on silent. Don’t instantly give people your attention unless it’s absolutely. Instead, schedule a time to answer email and return phone calls.
I wish you an EXCELLENT 2014! Remember that the most precious gift we have in this word is time. You can’t make more of it. You can’t save it. You can’t buy it. And you can’t roll it over like AT&T. Use the tips above to make the most of balancing the time you have with the things that matter most to you and allow you to be as productive as possible to W1N your days!
Happy New Year!
The year of the Warrior!
Very excited to speak (Friday 12:30 to 1:00) and network with coaches at the ABCA.
See you in Dallas!