As a creative, entrepreneur and [mom] I am always looking for ways to get more time in my day. A part of being consistent means learning how to manage your time and though one will probably never learn how to completely manage ALL of their time, having a good system in place is still key. When I first started blogging I struggled with consistency, I tried, but fail on a numerous of occasions. Then one day I got serious about it, and as we grow as our needs change we have to continue to adjust to those needs. I no longer have my “corporate” job, I no longer have a “spouse” and I have finally divorced procrastination and made a lifetime commitment to “getting shit done”. Thus now, I am a brand ambassador, social media marketer, a brand and life coach. Managing my time is the determining factor between success and failure. Thus, here are my tips on how to get more time in your day.
How To Get More Time in Your Day
Allowing someone to do the driving for me has become a huge timesaver between systems like Uber and Lyft. While living in Birmingham one could easily drive ten miles in about ten minutes. However, living here in the Tri-State (esp. commuting from New Jersey) ten miles could easily mean forty minutes to an hour. And that is with what we consider to be “light” traffic. I enjoy using Lyft, MTA and/or NJ Transit, they all allow me time to complete some sort of necessary action. In the back of a Lyft, I might be able to complete a conference or video call. While riding the MTA or NJ Transit, I can read, respond to and/or send emails.
Not only does this save you time, but it is safer for you and other drivers on the road. We live in a time where we value our phones more than we value human life. We all have been guilty of texting and driving. Trying to read an email or even FaceTiming. Thus, get from behind the wheel and allow someone else to do the driving for you.
Schedule Your Emails
Mixmax has become one of my favorite tools! My inbox can sometimes give me an anxiety lol and as a budding entrepreneur, I am sure you understand my reason for feeling overwhelmed. How many of us have been guilty of looking at, but failing to respond to an email? I know I have. Either I’m looking at it really late and decide, I will respond in the morning. Or I get distracted and decide I will respond later. Since discovering MixMax, however, I set up time twice a day to attend to my emails. Once in the morning and the other before bed. In the morning time, I schedule e-mails that will go out later in the day. And at night I schedule emails that will go out first thing in the morning.
Doing so has kept me from constantly checking my email and getting lost in the never-ending hole it has become.
Keep Your Clock Ahead By At Least Fifteen Minutes
I started doing this while I was working my corporate job and carried this over into an everyday practice. With the exception of familial functions, I hate being late. [My friends would probably laugh at me saying this because I am NEVER on time to a during or party. NOT EVER] But when it comes to anything related to my career and/or business, being late is not an option. See, priorities lol.
I also set my alarm at least thirty minutes prior t the time I actually need to get up. So, if I want to be up by 6 AM I will set my alarm for 5:15-5:30. And here is why: I am notorious for hitting the snooze button. As much as I have tried to break this habit, I have failed. Thus, this was my remedy and I avoid the whole “I overslept” ordeal most days. [I’m still human].
Cut Off the WiFi.
I know this sounds like blasphemy lol but trust me it helps. In such a technology-driven world sometimes you just have to shut it off to get things done. I tuck my phone away, turn off the wifi to avoid from aimlessly searching the web for non-work related objects and I focus. If there are photos I need to edit, content I need to produce or even if it just means having a clear mind to clean and de-clutter my house…I am able to do so without distraction. And if being in the house with wifi is still too much temptation go somewhere where wifi is not offered.
One Sunday, I spent the afternoon in my favorite park here in Hoboken, New Jersey. There is no wifi. It’s just a beautiful park with some of the best city views New Jersey has to offer. Spending time there gives me the opportunity to reflect and reset while planning for the week ahead. Here recently I was able to dredge up five months worth of content for 2018 all because I allowed myself to disconnect from the “outside” world.
Try it, you might be surprise with how much you can get done.
Let me just help you out for a moment: YOU CANNOT DO IT ALL. I repeat YOU CAN NOT DO IT ALL. Yes!, even a badass, superwoman like you has to learn how to delegate responsibility. And that may be hard when you have a team of one, but tap into your network to find out which of your friends and/or colleagues have the ability to carry out your various needs. As my blog has grown, my content has changed. I have added things and taking away others. A lot of us have been guilty of ignoring our to-do list because it leaves us feeling overwhelmed. However, if you have the ability to delegate at least three of those tasks, your load will feel so much lighter.
When and where you can, barter services with our entrepreneurs. It is important that you know and understand your strong and weak points. It will save you a lot of time, stress and money.
Eliminate the Need for Perfection.
More often than not, I am repeating this mantra to myself at least twice a day. I’m sure I am not the only one who has this overwhelming need to deliver “perfection”. We have this ideal image of how we want something to turn out and when it fails to meet our vision we constantly pick away at it until it does. Newsflesh, sometimes it’s just not going to come out the way you envisioned it. Learning to be okay with that, however, will keep you from constantly making empty promises.
Mistakes are going to be made. We will never get it right all of the time, but the important thing here is to just get it done! Your word is bond and if you are constantly flaking or failing to produce what is necessary for you because you have allowed your need to be perfect to overcloud your objective to become successful then sooner or later people will began to depend on you for less and less. By no means does this mean to deliver mediocre work, you should always deliver your best of who you are. The point here to eliminate the obsession that it will never be “good” enough.
Hope these tips help you find ways to “free” up more of your time! Tell me what are some of your favorite ways to “cheat” time?
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