Do you remember that famous trilogy, Back to The Future with Michael J. Fox? The theme of each movie was going back in time or going into the future.
But the common theme was clear. It was all about time. A word depending on how it’s used could be both good and bad. Many of us say those famous five words, “I don’t have enough time.” Or those six words, “There’s not enough hours in the day.” Why do we always wish for more of it? Because we all want what we can’t have!
Entrepreneurs are the worst when it comes to managing their time, delegating and just trying to get things done. We over plan, over commit and jam-pack our days. Then when the sun goes down and we look back at that list of things that we wanted to accomplish, it’s still in tact. We’re lucky if 2 items were crossed off. Sounds crazy when you think about it, right? It’s not that we don’t have enough time, it’s that we do not maximize the time that we are given. Don’t feel bad; I am guilty of this (work in progress). I am a time addict! I want more and I will stop at nothing to get it! The good news is that I have 3 key tips to get you back on track.
‘The LIST” who doesn’t love a good list? It takes awhile to jot down all of the tasks that you’d like to accomplish, right? You don’t have to convince me, I am a BIG fan of the list. But you can work the list differently to maximize your time. Next to each task on that list write an M (task that generates money) or an NM (task that generates no money). After you’re done, take a look at how many M’s verses NM’s that you have listed. You are only to work on the items that will yield you the green, the dinero, the dollars (M). All of the other tasks can wait until later or can be delegated.
“THE TIMER” once you’ve identified the tasks that you are going to work on, set a timer. If you don’t you’ll be answering emails all day long while that list is staring you in the face the next day. For example, check and answer email for 20 minutes, follow up phone calls for 15 minutes, I think you get the point. The hardest part is going to be moving onto the next task when the timer goes off. Keep in mind, if you’re not finished you can come back to it later (unless it’s an urgent issue).
“SHARING IS CARING” it would be nice to hand off the entire NM task list to an employee, right? Unfortunately, that’s not the case at times. There are quite a few NM items that we have to work on ourselves. But, there are also quite a few that we can delegate. If the goal is to be more effective and maximize your time- then start sharing those tasks. Trust me you’ll feel so much better at the end of the day.
I charge you all to start making small changes in your personal and professional lives to take back the clock! As the famous quote goes,“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” ? Andy Warhol
Teana McDonald shares her enthusiasm and passion for social media, public relations and entertainment as the Head Diva In Charge of a successful lifestyle brand, The InStyle Diva, Inc. She is running a successful company and creating the life she’s always wanted. Teana is the Past President of the National Association of Women Business Owners, Freelance writer, former Co- host of popular web series 3 Loud Women and former Co-host of NBC’s Miami Moms. She loves to share her experiences and knowledge with the everyday woman juggling life, career and family. Let’s continue the conversation @TheInStyleDiva on Twitter!