This is part 2 in the series. You can read part 1 here: How To Create A Time Management System That Works For You: Part 1
The first step in managing your time is Awareness… knowing where you spend your time.
The second step is letting go of the activities that waste your time and don’t move you forward.
Eliminate Your “Time-Wasters”
If you did last week’s time tracking exercise, you are now well aware of how you spend your time.
If you didn’t do the exercise, click here to get your Daily Time Tracker.
This week the focus is this: stop doing what doesn’t serve your purpose.
Cut out the things from your schedule that don’t help you reach your goals.
If you are spending HOURS on social media, with no real game plan or strategy, that isn’t a great use of your time. It’s actually busy work with no real purpose.
We’ll get into strategies later in this series, but one thing you could do to change that is… STOP spending time randomly meandering through your social media channels, hoping something will magically happen.
Instead, START scheduling a specific amount of time for social media, with a specific goal in mind. (From 9 – 9:30 go on social media, answer questions, reach out to new people, etc.)
My biggest time-waster
Working from home is the greatest gift I ever gave myself. But there can be pitfalls. For me, the biggest waste of time occurs when I turn on the TV. I’m a fan of detective/mystery shows, and with the advent of Netflix and Amazon Prime, I can EASILY get sucked in and binge-watch a whole season of something without any awareness of how much time is passing. (I’m looking at you, Amazon Prime… the ENTIRE series of The Closer is now available… give me strength!)
Knowing that TV can put a real damper on my productivity, I made the decision (once I was aware of the problem)- no TV during working hours. Period.
What is your biggest time-waster?
How are you going to change that?
In Part 3 we’ll talk about setting priorities, and how to focus on the things that will really move you and your business forward.
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