When I first started working from home in 1997, it didn’t occur to me that when I had spaces between clients I could actually use that spare time to be really productive. I could have written articles or even another book, instead, when I look back, I wasted that time taking very little action.
Even though I would teach clients to create plans, for some reason, I didn’t think about doing that for myself so it continued for a while before I made effective changes. Yes, I had a calendar and of course client calls were all recorded but with everything else I just ‘flew by the seat of my pants.’
However I did learn after a while that one of the most important things to pay attention to, both in business and in life is time management. Now my days are planned so that I get everything important done first and I know what I’m going to be doing each day. Procrastination was one of my biggest downfalls but planning, stops me from doing that most of the time. Being human once in a while I slip back.
You might want to take one week, Monday – Friday and note down how much time you give to certain things both in life and business, that perhaps could be better used for something that’s more productive or to make life easier.
Check how much time you spend on social media and see if maybe you are using the excuse that you’re researching things on the internet or how many times you check email or texts.
I had a client a number of years ago that did this little exercise and discovered she was checking email 36 times a day. Unless you are in a profession where people need you urgently, it’s really not necessary to check email more than 3-4 times daily.
In the PS this week you will find a link to a free gift that can help you take action to change any habits that no longer work for you. I did this myself and found it very beneficial.
I also found out that multi-tasking doesn’t work! It really doesn’t save time and, according to some research I recently read, continually multi-tasking causes your brain to shrink, which affects memory and learning. That’s something I don’t think anyone wants.
Make note at the end of each day for those 5 days, how much you have actually accomplished or not, so that perhaps if you make some changes you can end the day not just having been busy, you end the day productively.
You might be surprised at either how much time you waste or better yet, how much you actually accomplish.
‘Til Next Time
Have a productive week
Live life with abundance
PS. I am here to be of service to you so if you need support or help in any way please don’t hesitate to contact me. In the meantime, this free gift from Connie Ragen Green “The Action Habits Challenge for 2022 Will Help You to Achieve Your Wildest Dreams and Goals!”