Are you making this (all-too-common) time management mistake? On episode 41 of Power Play, I discuss the difference between strategic actions and ongoing tasks.
This is the fourth installment in a series of next-level time management tips for women entrepreneurs. Go here to review all four.
Hello, Eleanor Beaton, and welcome back to my Power Play series on Next-Level Time Management for Women Entrepreneurs. So here is a tip that I have found to be superbly useful when it comes to helping you manage your time even more effectively: Don’t try to work on too many things in the course of a single day.
So when it comes to organizing your time, you are going to have strategic actions that you implement that have long-term importance to your business. And then you’re going to have ongoing tasks, potentially taking care of specific urgent types of things, that you need to take care of on a day-to-day basis. One of the biggest time management mistakes I have made is trying to get too many long-term important things completed in a day.
An example is, let’s say that I’m working on a book, which I am, and that is a piece of infrastructure that’s very important to me, it’s very meaningful, and it also has very practical long-term importance to my business.
In order for me to ensure that I’m managing my time effectively, I need to make sure that I’m working on my book on a daily basis, but I also need to make sure that I’m making time for those other daily critical things.
When I’m deciding that this is the big long-term project that I’m moving forward, that’s where my energy goes. At that point it doesn’t serve me to take on any other big, long-term projects because what happens is you end up burning out because you’re trying to deal with the day-to-day and drive forward multiple long-term projects that erodes your focus, erodes your energy and makes you less effective overall.
The key thing here is to focus on just one of those big important actions per day, complete it and then, lo and behold, enjoy the time that you have left over rather than trying to shoehorn other work into the space to fill the time void. Best of luck with that.
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