It's not at all unusual to feel like time is out of your control. Maybe you'll argue circumstances and other people are in charge of your time – that there's never enough and you can't do anything about it. But what if you could? What if you chose to believe that your time has value? All of this comes down to your time management mindset.
Most people will agree that time is valuable – this is pretty much globally understood.
Now, what if someone were to get specific and say your time has value? How do you feel about that statement? What emotions does it bring up for you?
These days, time is often bought by the hour. If you've never been paid by the hour or, at least, not for much, you may not believe your time is precious.
But it is.
As entrepreneurs, we get to break out of the traditional job mindset. We don't show up to someone else's business, clock in and do the work assigned by someone else's plan and vision.
We show up with our vision and create a plan. We bring our experience, perspective, creativity, and influence and get to work!
This is true of every one of us—product creator, service provider, coach, consultant, speaker, author, blogger, podcaster. We don't bring hours alone – we bring ourselves.
Because of this, we need to take the time to reset our time management mindset. Our time has value. If we want to make any money, we need to work out exactly what our time is worth.
Time Management Mindset: Realising Your Time Has Impact
The value of your time doesn't start and end at a dollar sign. You shouldn't calculate dollar value based purely on what you've brought to the table. The cost of your time is much more than that! It's about the impact you have on those you serve.
When you bring all of yourself into a situation, you create an impact. That impact changes shape in different situations, but it's always positive, and it is valuable to others around you.
Think about what you bring to your products & services. What impact do they have on your customers and clients? When you think about the result, it's easy to realise the time you invested in creating that is indeed valuable!
You Can Create the Time You Need
You are not a helpless victim of time. It doesn't run away with you. You choose how to spend your time, who you spend it with, and you need to take responsibility for what your choices create in your life and business.
Will there be times when these statements don't feel right? Definitely! You might deal with health issues that reduce your available time to work. You may have had time seemingly stolen by weather, power outages, delayed flights, and other people. You don't get to control everything in life.
But when you don't get your first choice, you still have one. You can control how you play the cards you're dealt.
It Starts with Shifting Your Time Management Mindset
Changing your relationship with time and owning your responsibility for it starts with awareness. Pay attention to your thoughts this week. See if any of these thoughts bubble up for you:
- I don't have enough time.
- There's ever enough time.
- Time got away from me.
Now, what would happen if you took ownership of your time? You might replace those old thoughts with these new ones…
- I choose how I spend my time.
- This is important to me and I will make time for it.
- I chose about time; I will evaluate the impact and make the best next choice.
Don't Give Your Regrets Space.
Owning your time means owning your choices, and that is not about making something you've done bad or wrong. Shame and guilt are rarely productive emotions—instead of leaving you stuck in the mire of previous choices.
Remember, there's no value in dwelling on regrets. The fact that you've put your focus so much on what hasn't worked well is the exact reason you're thinking of yourself as a victim of time.
Try Batching Your Time
Time batching or calendar blocking is one way to make the most of your time and sort your activities into areas. For example, bookkeeping might be an activity you have primarily outsourced, but it does require some of your attention.
Instead of dreading it, just block a chunk of time on your calendar and batch tasks that need to get done. This way you're facing this tedious task only once a quarter rather than more often.
Batching applies well creative tasks as well. Once a month block time for topic development. You can decide what topics to create content for and create an outline for each.
Create Space on Your Calendar
If you're a service provider, you probably block your calendar for client projects. But are you doing it for your projects, too?
Say you want to release three new courses in the next 12 months, you'll need to do a lot of work. If these courses are a priority, you'll add them into your schedule – they are just as crucial as any paying client.
Entrepreneurs who deliver services by the hour to others are successful because they're diligent in sticking to a schedule and drive to meet or even beat deadlines. The underlying motivation that makes this possible can be applied to your own goals – if they want it bad enough.
Remember, none of this is about what you 'should do' or what youbgi
What are your biggest struggles when it comes to your time management mindset? Let me know in the comments below...
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