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Guest Post by Amy Edge
How do you learn to manage time? Do you ever feel like you don’t have enough time in the day? It’s pretty hard to fit everything that you want/need to do in a measly 24 hours.
The problem here is not necessarily “time management” as it is priority management.
If you shift your focus to understanding exactly where your priorities are in terms of business and life, you are able to become ultra-productive.
Here’s are three solutions to regaining control of your priorities and learn to manage your time so you can actually get more completed each day.
Step #1 to improve your time management: Create a schedule
Flying by the seat of your pants doesn’t get you far in many things and especially will not help you achieve your business goals at all.
Creating a schedule that works for you is important so you know what needs to be accomplished in order to move your business forward. But, creating a schedule is one thing, actually sticking to it is another.
The most important aspect to planning is the action that needs to be taken. When you are writing your schedule or planning out your month, you must include the actions that need to be done instead of the passive name of the project.
For instance, if you have scheduled a blog post to be published on the third Monday of every month, then leading up to this date you should have dedicated actions in your schedule, such as keyword research, writing the blog, proofing the blog, creating pins, publishing the blog and then promoting it.
These actions have to be created into a schedule. In order to improve your priority management, you need more than just a daily schedule, weekly, monthly and yearly schedules are just as important.
In order to create an easy system to stay on top of your tasks and better manage your time, Google calendars is a great way to stay on top of events.
Here are some examples of separate Google calendars you can add:
- Content creation: when will you be scheduling out a blog/newsletters, etc
- Birthdays, Celebrations, Anniversaries: so you can say “happy birthday” or celebrate their wins too!
- Marketing: when/where you are promoting
- Networking events: local and virtually
- Self-care activities
Step #2 to improve your time management: Use templates for
There is no need to always recreate the wheel, which is why templates are so important in order to maximize your productivity and time management.
You can create templates for basically anything in your business with the programs you are already using.
Examples of templates you could create:
- Blog post template
- Social media graphics
- Marketing templates
- Pinterest pins and layouts
Step #3 to improve your time management: Let other people do the work
This is one of the biggest ways you can improve your time management and make the MOST out of your 24 hours each day.
Just because you CAN be doing something doesn’t mean that it’s a good use of your time.
You could easily hire it out and spend your time doing work that will help you scale up or that lights you up. Not sure what you can delegate or outsource out to have more time? Here’s a quick list:
- House Cleaning
- Yard work
- “Honey to-do” lists
- Home and car maintenance
- Organizing Dropbox and Google Drive
- Marketing assistance
- Email management
- Social media (basically anything and everything)
How do you learn to manage time?
These three simple solutions will help you get your time back and move from managing your time to managing your priorities so you can actually get more completed each day.
If you are the type of person who feels like you never have enough time to do the things you want to do, try these tips to improve your time management and skyrocket your productivity.
We all have the same 24 hours in a day. Only you can choose how you will spend your time. Spend it wisely.
How do you learn to manage time? What do you struggle with the most when it comes to priority management? Which one of these tips do you plan to try first?
Amy Edge is an online business manager (OBM) who helps bloggers, coaches, and creatives with behind the scenes support and systems to organize their biz + done-for-you Pinterest & content management. You can learn more about how to simplify + automate your business with Amy here or follow her on Instagram.