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Have you ever asked yourself, “Is time management a skill I can learn?” The answer: Yes, absolutely. But first, we need to answer, “how committed are you to managing your time more effectively?”. Here are some key tips to time management, which after all, is life management.

Prioritize what matters

How many dreams and aspirations do you have for your life? Do you find yourself wishing you had the time to try new things? So many times I have heard people say, “I would love to learn how to [fill in the blank] but I just haven’t gotten around to it – there’s never enough time”. Remember, time is finite but dreams rarely are. So how do you bridge the gap between the many ambitions you have and the limited time in your day? Prioritize what matters most.

Time does not have to be seen as a limited resource as proven in Co-Founder Sarah Mae’s post, which asks the profound question “what is time?”. Make a list of all the items you have on your to-do list and highlight the top 5 most important tasks. Notice which other tasks are on there and how far down they are in your priorities.

Oftentimes we hear people people say they’re “too busy” and it’s time to put an end to this blanket statement. “I’m too busy” is an excuse not to follow-through on actions. Instead, say what you really mean: “I’m not prioritizing that right now”. Notice how that sits with you. Does it bother you that you’re not prioritizing this task? Or does it bring peace knowing you can set that task aside guilt-free?

Break goals down into monthly, weekly, and daily objectives.

Let us first start with SMART goals – have you heard of them? This term was first identified by George T. Doran but later popularized by Professor Robert S. Rubin. The premise is that any goal you may have should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time constrained. Having a clear goal outlined is the first step in knowing which actions to take to reach that goal.

Building off of SMART goals, you might consider outlining 3 main objectives each day that you must tackle in order to move yourself closer to your desired outcomes. As James Clear outlines in his book Atomic Habits, making incremental steps every day has a powerful impact on the growth you make over time. Be sure to reflect every evening on your 3 objectives for the day in order to hold yourself accountable. This is also a great time to plan 3 new objectives for the following day!

The power of tiny gains
The power of tiny gains, as outlined by author James Clear.

Need more helpful tips to time management? Hire a coach.

There you have it! Now, we’ve only brushed the surface on this topic. In order to truly live your best life, there are so many more tips to time management to have in your arsenal. A coach can help you with that by assisting you in getting clear on what you want to prioritize and what you need to let go of to make that happen. From there, identifying road blocks, action steps, and accountability measures will give you the tools to follow-through on your goals. A great coach will also ensure you have the tools to continue being successful even after you have stopped working with them.

I have become an expert at outlining and sticking to goals and now I would love to help you do the same! If you’d like to take that journey with me, book a free discovery call and we will UPLEVEL together.]

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