It’s not enough to dream of success. It’s not even enough to set goals because goals are for suckers. 

The only way to truly achieve your dreams and build the business you’re meant to build is to sit down and do it. 

And that’s where many of us…well, fail is a strong word. But it’s the doing that trips us up more times than not. 

We overbook our calendars until today’s to-dos become next week’s past dues. We procrastinate on the things that are important while attending to items that are merely “nice to do.” And sometimes, we take on too much—even when we know better. I speak from experience. I spent years filling my calendar and never actually getting anything done.  

The answer? Change the way you work and the way you organize your time.

Rituals and Habits for Time Management

Simply put, a ritual or habit is a consistent way of doing something. You have a morning ritual (wake up, brush your teeth, work out, shower, and head to your office), evening ritual (check homework, tuck the kids in, watch the evening news, and hit the sack), weekend ritual (sleep late, mow the lawn, catch a movie, visit your mom), and many others. 

The trouble is, if you’re not careful with your rituals, they can turn into productivity killers. Is checking Facebook or email a part of your morning ritual? Is turning on Skype a part of your at-work ritual? Distractions such as these can turn even your best intentions into hours of wasted time. 

Take a good look at your rituals. What are you doing that you should not be—or that should be moved to another part of your day? Make your rituals more efficient, and you’ll automatically get more done. 

Calendar Management for Time Management

Want to know how much time you have available for that new project? Try blocking off time in your calendar for all your existing projects. Fill in all your client calls, your business administrative tasks, time for meals and breaks, outside appointments, and everything else you’re committed to. What’s left might shock you. 

Make it a habit to block time in your calendar for every commitment, and you’ll never again over-promise or over-commit. 

Learn to Let Go and Manage Your Time

Here’s a news flash. You do not have to do everything in your business. You can (and should) hand off those low-level tasks to someone else. Hire a Strategist and Manager to help you identify what to delegate, what to automate, and what to do yourself.  

Are you interested in making the most of your time? Email me at heather@elevateix.com and let’s get started today.

heather