Top Ten Ways to Make the Most of Your Time

Time is something most of us wish we had a lot more of and we try very, very hard to manage it. Time management is an oxymoron. We can’t manage time but we can manage ourselves. There is a huge discrepancy between what needs to get done and the time allotted to do it.

If you say you want more time what you really want is more space. Here are some steps to support you in creating the space to make the most of your time with the ultimate goal of having more than you need.

  1. Notice where you are spending your time now. Start by actually recording and tracking it for two weeks. It can be a real eye opener when you see it on paper.
  2. Make a list of your top priorities and goals. If you are not willing to put them in writing then you are probably not ready to see them through.
  3. Once you have tracked where your time is spent, see if it matches up to your top priorities. This will be a wonderful "reality" check.
  4. If your top priorities are not the focus of your time spent, then take a look at letting go of your lower priority tasks. Get support, delegate and put lower priority task on the back burner or eliminate them all together.
  5. Under-promise–give yourself more time than you think you need with everything. Allow for distractions, life interruptions and interference.
  6. Set up a time line for all tasks using the under-promise model. Break your goals down into bite-size pieces. Get specific and write out what you are going to focus on each day, each week and each month. Make sure your time line is realistic–we often think we can do things quicker than we really can.
  7. Remove the debris in the way of utilizing your time. Identify what you have been procrastinating and include these items in your time line. Start with knocking off the easiest ones first. This will create an enormous amount of space for you to put your top priorities onto solid ground and into the forefront of your life.
  8. Test your time line and be open to change your strategy. If it isn’t working, perhaps you are not committed, you have signed up for too much or it is time to delegate more or let go of even more tasks in your life.
  9. Become accountable to someone, either a friend a colleague, family member or a professional coach. Be specific on what you are being accountable for.
  10. Put the structure in place and raise the standards to keep you on top of your precious time.