If you are having issues with your time management, productivity or simply your schedule it is because you are not being honest with yourself. You are the only one who controls your time, your schedule and how you spend it is totally up to you. Your schedule is yours and no one else’s.
That may have seemed harsh of me to say, but it is the truth. I know because I used to blame everyone but myself for my lack of focus, productivity and why I could not get things done. The only way to get through is to be blunt, honest and harsh. Way too many times I see people pull the covers over the real reasons why they cannot get their stuff done. It honestly blows my mind because the truth is that we are our own worst enemy. We are the ones who stand in the way of our own happiness, success, hopes, dreams and everything else we truly wish to have in life.
It’s time to call a spade, a spade
If you truly want to take back the control of your time, complete your tasks, become more productive and own your schedule then it’s time you get real with yourself and why you are failing in these areas. The best thing I ever did was to get real with myself. I looked my time management issues dead on, scared out of my mind, and acknowledged that I was the problem. It wasn’t that I was not smart. It was my habits and the methods that I was using that were the issues. I simply was not educated to do things differently. I needed to create new habits, learn new tools and I needed to not be so hard on myself for the lack of success in the past.
The number one thing you need to do is admit that you don’t have all the answers to fixing your time management and that you need help. Do this now and we can move onto the next steps together.
Change the habit, change the outcome
The fastest way to see change in your life is to change your habits. This also works for time management and owning your schedule. Changing your habits will get you the results you need in order to succeed. I don’t want to hear that it is to hard to change your habits. The changes are only as hard as you choose to make them. Here are 3 ways to change your habits around your schedule.
Own your job/business
You might be thinking ‘but Sara, I have a job/business that controls most of my daily schedule’. I understand that. I want you to understand that it was you who took that job, it was you who started that business. It was you who added this task to your schedule, so you need to own it. Regardless if you love what you do for a living or not, you chose to put your job/business into your schedule. Owning this major part of your life is the first step to owning your schedule. If you seriously do not like what you do for a living, then it is time to re-evaluate this area of your life.
Make a change
The best way to own your schedule is to change it. Changing up your morning or evening routine is a great place to start. If you are not accomplishing everything you hope to in a day, then get out of bed earlier or turn off the television at night and tackle your to-do list. If you are watching television and complaining that your list isn’t getting done, then change this, turn off the television. You are in control of how you spend your time. Choose to spend it wisely.
Use new tools
Find yourself a new planner, pens, markers, sticky notes, calendars, etc. to make creating your schedule fun and exciting. I love to use paper schedulers (I have created my own – more coming this year) as well as Google calendar. I love the colour coding options and I can schedule everything to the minute, if needed. Find the tools that work for you and use them.
A piece of advice
One last piece of advice for you. Every task tends to take longer than you think it may. When you are planning your schedule, please give each task 50% more time than you think it will take. This way you will not run out of time and if anything, you will probably have more time to fill in as you learn to work your tasks and own your schedule.
It’s your schedule… it’s time to own it! Are you ready?
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