As your business grows, time shrinks. Sure, money is important, and clients are precious. But time is a gift that you treasure is a whole new way! So, tell me…how are you juggling your time management?
With only so many hours in a day (and the eventual need for sleep, food and hygiene), honouring your time may be your greatest business challenge. Yes, it is YOUR time! It may not always feel like it, given your blossoming biz demands, but what you do with your time is ultimately your decision. Whether you celebrate your empowered time decisions, or you quiver under the wake of another biz choice, it IS up to you.
First, let me say: You’re not Super-Woman. You may want to be her at times, or you may feel pressure that you ‘should’ be her, only you’re NOT. That may seem harsh, but I intend it to be liberating.
When spunky, sassy gals start their own business they are full of energy and vision. They think ‘I can do it all!’ For a while they often can…until one day. That day looks different for every one of us, but it does arrive, like it or not: The day we each realize Super-Woman syndrome sucks!
How come? Because Super-Woman has no time for her own life. She somehow feels sucked dry, giving her life away wholly in service to others, be ‘them’ family, friends, partners, clients/customers, marketers, etc. This is when ‘time inadequacy’ often sets in.
Where does time inadequacy take you? Whether straight or meandering, most of us find ourselves feeling some sort of Super-Woman shame, manifesting in three (or more) ways:
• Filling your days with ‘busy’ activities as you franticly try to keep up with everything
• Stopping fully from doing anything of value, shutting down your mind, body, emotions and/or energy
• Selecting to only focus on the key things that really ‘need’ to get done, but doing them minimally at best
None of these are ideal for showing up fully in your new business or your personal life. Not only do they reflect a lack of time management efficiency or effectiveness, but more whole-heartedly, they diminish your sparkle.
It’s time to dump questions like:
• How much did I get done?
• How fast is my biz growing?
• What is shrinking my time?
Instead, replace them with questions like:
• What is most meaningful to me?
• What do I ‘want’ to invest my time in?
• How can I minimize (or omit!) unimportant tasks?
What is the difference? A choice exists between what you decide has value and what is simply serving as ‘busy-ness.’ The trick is deciding for yourself.
How do I make my time management juggle easier? I select what is ‘negotiable’ and ‘non-negotiable,’ in order to let go of my Super-Woman tendencies.
My suggested questions to best assess time management are:
• What is non-negotiable? What do you absolutely love doing? What would you miss if it wasn’t part of your day/week? What brings you the greatest joy ‘return on your time investment’ (ROTI)?
• What is negotiable? What are the ‘shoulds’ you feel you ‘need’ to do? What tasks do you dread? What do you do just because no one else will? What could you delegate to others?
• What is the difference between these two categories? In other words, how do your non-negotiables and negotiables reflect your values? What do you value most and least? How can you follow your values to direct your time investment?
Your time values are highly personal, so please take the time to determine your own answers. Ironic, hey?! I’m asking you to ‘make’ time to identify your time negotiables and non-negotiables, so that you can then find ways to prioritize your non-negotiables and redistribute (or even eliminate) your negotiables. See how it works?
Prioritizing your time based on your values will allow you to effectively focus on what means the most to you personally, what you feel is highly valuable to your business, and ultimately, what gives you the greatest ROTI. Your time is your own!
Let’s compare time management notes to see how we each Rock Our Time Management. Love to hear what you value most as your ‘non-negotiables.’