Solid time management skills will make your life much easier.
Me: Hey how are you doing? How are things?
Joe: Great. I am soooo busy. Crazy busy. Where does all of the time go?
Me: How’s business?
Joe: I’m doing really well. Just got back from New York. I have tons of things going on this week – a bunch of meetings and a few events. Hey I gotta run. Let’s catch up soon. I will find you on Facebook.
Me: Sounds great. Be well.
This happens all of the time. We are so busy being busy. And we love to tell people how busy we are.
Here’s the deal with Joe. His business revenue has plateaued for 5 years because he is so busy doing the wrong stuff. Yep – Joe is checking email every 20 minutes, on Facebook all of the time, going to lunch with the wrong people, and not really getting anywhere. Yes, the guy is crazy busy and it makes him feel good, but he isn’t growing his business. His results on being busy have resulted in a whole lot of nothing.
I had coffee the other day with a senior branding executive in Los Angeles. It was a “crazy busy” day for me (LOL!). I asked her what the number one problem her clients had as entrepreneurs. I was thinking the answer was going to be something like developing a marketing plan, hiring staff, or dealing with cash flow. The answer was time management.
It’s like we know deep down that we should be getting more things done but we don’t abide by any time management system and regress back to mediocrity and chill in the gunk and sludge.
We are all given the same 24 hours each day. It’s what we decide to do with it that will determine our level of success, the degree to which we impact people’s lives, and yes, reach the goals we want to achieve. Time management helps us reach those levels and goals.
I deal with money. I work with entrepreneurs. I want my peeps to reach their goals. All of my clients’ financial plans have some sort of action steps that they have to take. I even shot a video challenging my followers to take action steps toward reaching their goals. But that’s not going to happen without some sense of time management.
So check this out. What if you could have the life you want, be on a path to achieving your financial goals, and not be so busy! It’s done all of the time. By who? Smart entrepreneurs. How? They excel at 3 things: focus, time management, and taking massive action.
They block time to:
- work on their business
- work in their business
- rejuvenate and take time off
They make lists and are intentional with what they need to do. They cross things off the list, and move on to the next most important thing that needs to get done. And they aren’t so crazy busy like every other Joe Shmoe.© Copyright 2013 Justin Krane, CFP