Managing my time has become an art form. It has taken over 20 years and is still a work in progress. I have been able to control my time to the 15-minute time slot. It wasn’t an easy road though. It took time and focus on keeping me on schedule. Keep in mind that I do not have a strict plan. That is the point of being self-employed, isn’t it? I can adjust my schedule as needs arise. I also have clients that are flexible with me and only have a few on-site clients that need me there a few times a month. Here is how I got to this point.
It all started when my children were little, and I had to juggle taking care of the house, my full-time job as an office manager, a new part-time home organizing small business, and of course, making sure the children were well taken care of. It wasn’t too complicated to take care of everything; I did it pretty well. Until one day, I injured my back and had to decide if going to work forty hours a week was worth it.
I had to slow down and reevaluate myself and what I was doing to myself and what I wanted. I had to decide what was important (which was my family). And, then get rid of the tasks and responsibilities that I didn’t care to do any longer. It took about a year to get to where I wanted to be. It wasn’t an easy task to set up. But I was determined. I wrote down what my reasons were for streamlining my process and being able to manage my time better. And, to manage my time better, I had to want to do the tasks needed. So, I needed to decide what mattered to me first.
So that is where we will start, you need to determine what your priorities are and what you want to focus on. If you are looking to manage your time better, I am here to tell you that you do not have to be injured to reevaluate what you are doing with your time. Just ask yourself these questions and write them down. Ponder these questions for a few weeks. Get to what you want. This is not a short-term time management tool. This is for the long haul. You need to focus on these questions, to see what you are doing and decide on what you want.
Questions to ask me when managing my time
What do you want? Is there something you wish that you haven’t told anyone yet?
What type of client is your ideal client? Someone who is flexible? Someone, who you need to meet on a weekly, monthly, basis?
What area in your life is taking care of to your satisfaction?
What steps can you take to make your schedule run more smoothly?
What is the result of managing your time better? What is the result of not managing your time better?
What would help you move toward your goal?
What people would you need to help you? Like someone to clean the house, so I don’t have to.
How can I take steps to manage my time better? What can I do this week? Some examples are: On Sunday, I will set up meals for the week. On Friday, we will eat out, so I don’t have to cook.
By answering these questions, it should help you get closer to what you want to spend your time on and give you ways to do that. By removing these unwanted responsibilities and tasks, you will be able to manage your time better and more effectively. I hope this helps you get closer to managing your time more effectively. Visit these posts that talk more about time management.
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