Do you ever feel like your life is just a tad out of control? That you’re constantly playing catch up or that you just can’t fit everything in?
The simplest and quickest way to take control of your life, your relationships, your family, your career – whatever it is; is to take control of your time.
I know, I know – easier said than done, right?
I’ve received some great input into this area over the last week or two, and I wanted to share just TWO keys that I’ve found super helpful; to help you manage your time more wisely:
1. Schedule Your Values.
This is absolutely HUGE. Work out the things that are most important to you and do those first. Wise time management doesn’t mean you do more, it means you do more of what matters most.
If you’re constantly frustrated about not having enough time, it’s probably because you’re doing more of what doesn’t matter and less of what does. In fact, I would go so far as to say that the difference between your values and the life you’re living equals the frustration you experience.
Just think about that statement for a moment: the level of frustration you feel around not being able to get everything done, always falling behind, letting people down – that feeling is proportional to the difference between your values and your reality. The bigger the gap between the two, the more frustration you feel. The smaller the gap, the less frustration.
Work on closing that gap by: Scheduling – Your – Values.
2. Say “No”.
Learning to say “No” to the things that don’t matter so you can say “Yes” to the things that do is absolutely key. Think about it – every time you say “Yes” to something, that means there’s less of you available for something else, right?
So, make sure your “Yes” is worth your less.
Yes, it’s good to be busy – but not if you’re busy doing the wrong things! According to almost every piece of research ever conducted, the most common cause of regret doesn’t come from what we’ve done, but from NOT doing something we wish we had done – in other words, it comes from spending our time on the wrong things – because we didn’t say “No” when we should have.
Now that you know all this, let me finish by asking you these two questions:
1) What are the things that you value most that you’re not doing?
2) What are you going to do to change it?