Do any of these statements sound familiar?
- “I’m just too busy.”
- “I never have any time to myself.”
- “I want to grow my business/ brand, but I don’t have time to do everything I need to do.”
It’s time to get real with yourself- and your calendar.
Think of the most successful person you know of in your industry. He or she has the same twenty-four hours in a day that you do, and if they can do everything they do, so can YOU!
Everyone has to start somewhere.
It’s not about adding more to your already too-full-plate.
It’s about taking control of your calendar (your LIFE) once again, and maximizing the precious hours in your day.
Here are my top five steps to design your most productive calendar:
- Take a few minutes to insert everything you do on a daily basis into your calendar, both personally and for work. (NOTE: If there is a lot of “blank space” where you may get caught up in things, like shuffling papers around, Facebook-ing, starting a lot of projects but not completing any one of them– take note of that blank time, too.)
- Then, look at each item in your day, and decide which ones are truly serving a meaningful purpose. Is each item in line with your core values? Are they helping you towards your personal or professional goals? Or are they distractions that are a waste of your precious life hours?
- Remove any item that doesn’t serve a meaningful purpose.
- Insert important items, like time for personal development, business growth strategies, “me time,” working out and time with family and friends. These types of action items will help provide more balance and productivity in your day.
- Use the 80% rule. Only fill your calendar 80%, so if something comes up at the last minute- or if you spontaneously want to do something fabulous — you have some flexibility in your day!
Whenever you have an “off day” when you feel like there was a lack of productivity or happiness, remember these five steps and design your ideal calendar for the next day or week. You’ll thank yourself later!
What tips do YOU have that make you more productive? Share your comments below.