Each quarter, I track my time for a week.
Time Management is crucial to the success of my business.
However, I’m not going to lie – I HATE doing it! It seems so tedious.
Plus, I ALWAYS find something I don’t like when I’m done tracking.
I know I should appreciate the new knowledge because how can I fix the problems I find without awareness?
Yet sometimes there is some comfort in thinking that everyone and everything else is the problem . . . not me! (Hey, I’m human too! Sometimes it is nice just to pretend everything is perfect . . . or at least fine!)
But the reality is that I am in charge of how I choose to spend my time, and if I’m not happy with the results, I AM the problem!
Here’s what I found this past week that I wasn’t happy with:
- Netflix – I spend A LOT of time here! HUGE opportunity to repurpose some of this time.
- Calendaring – I have an online calendar system, yet I still spend way too much time hand scheduling appointments.
- Boundaries – I’ve relaxed my boundaries around when I’ll schedule appointments and who I’ll schedule them with (see #2). That white space in my calendar dedicated to working on my next new project is disappearing fast!
- Questions – I’m spending more time than I realized answering questions from people I’ve delegated to (staff and volunteers), which means I didn’t delegate all that well in the first place!
Now that I have this awareness, I am committed to no longer putting my head in the sand, hoping these time challenges will go away.
It’s time to decide what to do next to fix it! Otherwise, I won’t like what I see next quarter when I track my time!
I’m actually going to start with #3. The most important thing I can do for my clients, myself, and my business is to protect my white space!!
I dare you to track your time this week.
And, if you realize, as I did, that you are the problem, contact me about the Time Rescue Analysis program. TRA was designed for people who care enough about their personal and professional development to track their time, get that they are responsible for their own actions, and want to improve.