Tick-Tock Manage Your Clock
What crawls as we impatiently wait and flies by when we’re having fun? That’s right—time! But even more important than that is the answer to another question: How well do you manage your time?
Between attending trainings, coaching and motivating teams, presenting at travel parties and conducting one-on-ones, it can be a challenge for our Reps (and most people out there) to manage their time. Couple that with life’s everyday routine (taking care of children, doing laundry, walking the dog, etc.) and it’s no wonder that 24 hours in a day still doesn’t seem to be enough.
Time management is one of the most critical skills you can have as an entrepreneur—yet it’s also one of the hardest to master. To help you get on the right track, here are a few of our favorite time- management practices:
Word of the Day—Prioritize
Planning your day is probably the easiest first step in managing your time. Go hi-tech and use an app to record everything you’d like to accomplish or keep it old-school with a handwritten list. Either way, a itemizing and prioritizing keeps you from overlooking important tasks. And crossing it off your to-do list is oh so satisfying.
It’s OK to Unplug
Ding! Buzz! Ring! If you have a constantly ringing phone or a chime sounding every time you get an email, it can definitely be a distraction. When you have a task, block out specific times on your calendar, let the phone go to voicemail and check your email once you’ve finished working on your project. The world will not come to a stop—we promise!
Have you ever tried to focus on something when you’re sleepy or hungry? How’d that work out for you? When you take care of you, it’s much easier to manage your time. That way, you can really focus on the day and all that comes with it. So, get the rest you need and stay fueled up with healthy snacks and drinks. Focusing is much easier when your stomach isn’t growling and you’re not yawning your way to a nap.
These few tips are only a start, but will get you on your way to becoming a time-managing titan. If you have some favorite time-management tips, we’d love to hear how they’ve helped you, so please share!