When we understand the importance of time management to our success we have the ability to transform the time we have each day into the results we want.
As you become more successful and begin to grow, there becomes a point where it becomes more difficult to move ahead unless you can free up more of your time.
The complexity of dealing with the many opportunities, responsibilities, and challenges that arise as a business grows can obscure your ability to focus on future growth, as your time is filled with busyness.
Move Towards Your Goals Confidently
You want to do what’s needed to move towards achieving your goals confidently and creatively.
But, you have a feeling that you simply don’t have enough time.
I help entrepreneurs completely free themselves up.
This gives them more time freedom to refocus on their vision of the future and use this vision to create a clear action plan for the present.
This has the remarkable impact of creating a level of simplicity, clarity and confidence.
By achieving this level of clarity it becomes increasingly easier to reach bigger and bigger goals.
By freeing yourself up and getting back your time, you are able to focus on the things that matter most.
You also experience ever-greater levels of energy, enjoyment, and satisfaction with life.
The importance of time management can’t be underestimated.
While we can’t add hours to our day, this article aims to help you understand the importance of time management, and how effective time management helps you free yourself up to maximise the time you do have.
Time Management isn’t just a skill for entrepreneurs to master, everyone could benefit from managing their time more effectively.
The Importance of Time Management
The importance of time management comes down to how much you value and prioritise your time.
Time management is about understanding the value of your time, and leveraging that time to create the biggest impact with your time in your professional and personal life.
Mastering time management allows you to create a better work-life balance, do more of the things you’re best at, and set yourself up to be more productive and creative in the areas that matter most.
If you can’t manage your time your life will be full of complexity, confusion, excessive stress, fatigue and work that doesn’t motivate or energise you.
Even if you haven’t been able to manage your time in the past, you can make a change right now by understanding the importance of time management and how it impacts on every area of your life.
Why Time Management Matters to You
The aim in this article is to show you the importance of time management, and give you 7 strategies you can use to master your productivity.
With the right time management skills and tools, you can experience a transformation in the way you think about time and utilise time in your business and life.
The time management strategies I am about to show you have been used by my clients to help them:
- Double their free time and increase income
- Create a more balanced life
- Have more energy and feel rejuvenated
- Have more time freedom
- Feel freed up from messes and obligations
- Increased motivation and progress towards their goals
Here are 7 habits you can use to master productivity and increase time freedom:
1. Achieve More by Working Less
Knowing how to take control of your time means you can leverage your time and productivity to achieve higher performance and results in shorter periods of time with less effort.
Think about how much more you accomplish when you are fully energised and focused on the projects and people that excite you.
Prioritising your most important tasks and then working in blocks of time is a simple habit to implement to do more with less effort.
Utilise your energy levels to work on the biggest opportunities when you feel inspired and motivated.
Outsource or delegate tasks and projects that are lower value and don’t bring in the revenue that your high value work does.
If you find an extra hour of productivity in your day by using your time wisely, that gives you an additional 20 productive hours at work every week.
Think what you could do with that extra time.
2. Make Work Exciting and Motivating
We’ve all done work that we think has to be done, even though it’s energy draining and uninspiring.
If you’re like me, there’s nothing more frustrating than spending a day being completely busy but also entirely unproductive.
Getting to the end of the day with lots of unfinished tasks can be demotivating and drain your energy.
Any feeling of accomplishment or making progress, however small, helps you stay motivated at work.
When you have made progress in a day, this sets you up for a more productive day the following day.
It also translates into helping you relax and enjoy the time you spend with your family and friends.
By being conscious of how you use time, you’ll have more of it to spend on the things you love, and have the biggest impact.
3. Start Taking Focused Action
It’s difficult to take focused action if you aren’t clear on the ideal future you want to create.
When you are clear on your vision, and know what direction you want to travel in, the importance of managing your time effectively becomes much simpler.
Worrying about where you should spend your time and on what projects and people can be time-consuming.
Once you have this clarity and confidence on where you’re heading you’re ready to take more focused action, which naturally means you’re more productive.
Instead of staring blankly at your to-do list wondering what to tackle, you will have a clear plan and path ahead of you.
This keeps you focused and energised and ensures you don’t waste time questioning what you should do next.
4. Achieve Goals Quicker
Many people set lots of goals and then run out of steam and leave the biggest goals unfulfilled.
Without a clear understanding of the importance of time management, and how your time should be used to focus on these goals, many will sit on the shelf indefinitely, waiting to be started.
The first step is to set less goals. I recommend only setting 5 goals every 90 days.
Each goal must be energising and excite you enough to commit the time to achieve them.
This commitment completely frees up your time and narrows your focus.
You can then lay out a clear path with the action steps needed to achieve each specific goal.
5. Increase Confidence and Motivation
Time management can improve your motivation and confidence.
You’re more likely to achieve your biggest goals and do the things that are important to you if you’ve prioritised them.
When people say they don’t have time this is simply not true.
It means they haven’t prioritised and the projects, goals are people are not exciting enough to spend their time on.
When you make progress every day and recognise what you’ve achieved, you’ll get a regular boost from feeling a sense of accomplishment.
Achieving goals, getting a small win are huge motivators. On the flip-side, failing to finish your to-do list each day, meeting deadlines and doing what you say you’ll do are huge energy drainers that can lead to stress and burnout.
6. Have Increased Energy
Constantly feeling worn out, stressed, frustrated and fatigued can be really miserable.
It also makes it much harder to work on your goals and to take on the obstacles and challenges we face.
Taking time out of your business to rejuvenate and energise ensures you are always at peak productivity and creativity levels.
When my coaching clients spend two hours with me they come out feeling clear, energised and focused.
In addition to this time with me, I recommend they take at least one rejuvenation day (not week-ends) out of their business each month with no work distractions.
They always report they come back clearer, with a renewed boost of focus and energy.
7. Remove Feelings of Overwhelm
When you have 10-15 tasks on your to do list and every task seems equally important, it’s very easy to feel overwhelmed.
The first step is to reduce your to-do list. I recommend people have a maximum of 5 things on their to-do list each day.
Good time management skills then allow you to look at this reduced to-do list, and to prioritise your most important activities related to your 90 day goals.
Look at which tasks only you can do and explore delegating or outsourcing some specific tasks or projects to free up your time and increase effectiveness.
If you do that, the result is a calmer and more-accomplished you.
Start Managing Your Time Effectively
Once you understand the importance of time management, you have clarity that your time isn’t an infinite resource for us.
By improving your time management skills, you can maximise your time every single day.
Failing to manage your time means a lot of time wasted which you can never get it back. Succeeding opens a world of possibilities.
By sharpening your time management skills, you can expect to be more confident and effective at the things that matter most.
Effective time management leaves you energised, which translates into living fully and trying exciting things in the freed up time you’ve found in your day.
Want to Free Up 100 Hours?
My 2 hour intensive coaching session will give you the the clarity, confidence and time management tools to free up 100 hours of your time in the next 120 days. Think of what you could achieve with this extra time. Book this intensive today.