You can’t manage time, you can only manage yourself.
How many time management sessions have you done where it’s been suggested that if you make better lists or use a particular app, you’ll suddenly have more hours open up in the day?
It’s not really true is it? The truth is, if you’re not getting around to doing something it’s because you’re not prioritising it.
I remember the ‘round tuit’ craze that terrorised gift shops in the 90s. The idea was this… you gave a round tuit to someone who was always saying ‘I’ll do it when I get around to it’, and then they’d have a round tuit and would forever be productive. Get it?!
If only it was that simple.
Sometimes it feels like working through your to-do list is like fighting a hydra… you chop one head off and three more appear in its place. The thing is though, if something is really important to us, we somehow find time for it.
Your child needs to go to the hospital? You will find the time to take them. Your best friend calls for a chat and you haven’t spoken to them for months? You won’t turn them away.
So perhaps that’s it. It’s not about managing time but about being honest about our priorities. I’ve started saying “that’s not a priority for me at the moment” instead of “I don’t have time” and it feels more truthful.
There’s always so much to do though. As a small business owner myself, I know only too well how exhausting it can feel when you’re growing your business, particularly if you’re still at the stage when you’re trying to do everything yourself. There’s so much to do and learn, and because you’re not a specialist in all areas, tasks that are relatively simple on the face of it can take ages. They take you hours, but a professional would do it in less than half the time.
If you’re struggling to write compelling copy or checking your writing before it’s published is taking ages, I can help. I can either teach you the skills and systems I use or do it for you, so you can focus your time and energy on your own priorities. Contact me to find out more.