Time management is a journey.  Sometimes all you can do is keep your head above water.  Other times, you are sitting in your boat – but not yet prepared to sail.  And sometimes – you are in the “and them some” phase.  The period of your life when you are ready for more.

You are ready to do more than just survive.

You are ready for more than just living a life that is a little above “normal”.

You are ready to really live the life of your dreams.

You are ready to work a 3 day week instead of a 5 day week.  You are ready to spend an extra couple of days exploring the city when you are out of town on business.  You are ready to take your business mobile and explore the world.  You are ready to insert more “me” into your life.  You are ready to spend more time with your husband, grandkids, and friends.

How do you live this life of time abundance?  How can you increase your income while decreasing the time you spend working? How do you take your time management habits to the next level?

I suggest following this approach.

  1. Create a detailed picture of what your ideal life looks like.  How much time do you want to spend working?  Where do you want to be?  What do you want to do?  Who do you want to spend time with?  Answer these questions through the 6 month, 1 year, 5 year, and 10 year perspectives.
  2. Lay out a plan of attack.  What needs to happen so you can move down the path towards this vision?  This will entail setting aside a good chunk of planning time.  You need to really think strategically.  Do you need to increase your income?  Do you need to hire support staff?  Do you need to invest in some structural pieces?
  3. Examine some time management strategies.  How can you continue to increase your efficiency and effectiveness?  Can you delegate?  Time block your schedule?  Adapt your task management approach?
  4. Gather your resources.  Now is the time to gather the people together that can help you accomplish your vision.  If you need to increase income, consider hiring a sales coach.  My friend Hugh Liddle is the best.  If you need to become more efficient, considering hiring a time strategy visionary.  If you need to delegate to a professional, considering hiring a VA.  My friend Holly Matson is first rate.

“A ship in the harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.”

When you take action to do more than simply survive (keep your head above water) or prepare for a journey (sitting in your boat), but instead to thrive, you can’t help but increase your level of success and satisfaction.

Your turn! What actions do you sail your boat?

Perhaps a navigator would help you achieve the perfect balance between your business and personal lives. You can develop a framework and a system that allows you to put first things first – and live a life of purpose!