What are the biggest stress triggers in your life?
"In order for things to change, YOU need to change"
Give yourself the freedom to eliminate the stressors in your life by identifying them, explore why they cause stress, and eliminate them through assertive planning.
Time Management isn't about the tools you have, it is about how you mentally prepare yourself for all of the things that life is going to give you. The ability to prioritize, problem solve, and identify what is most important will be the key to changing your mindset from hoping things will get better, to making it happen.
You need to be able to choose what you need to prioritize and be willing to delegate or let the rest go.
Identify the tasks that you are responsible for and are having a hard time completing within a reasonable amount of time. Ask for help. A friend, colleague or supervisor has already faced this same challenge and likely has a solution. Implement quickly and move on to the next task. The ability to move quickly from task to task and be honest with yourself about how much time you should allow any particular task to take from your day will be key to maximizing your productivity.
It is extremely important to be honest with yourself; it is your time that is being wasted so failure to explore solutions is only to your own detriment. If you feel that something is taking too long to accomplish, it probably is and you must find an answer to make that task take less of your time. Be assertive in both the identification of what it is that sucks your time away and also in finding a better way to tackle it.
How can I apply this principle at home and at work?
Sales: Second stealers
1. Drive time. This is completely out of your control on occasion, but totally within your control the majority of the time. Use the tools that technology has given you - drive time apps, weather apps, traffic apps, and the list goes on. Take the time to plan your day considering what area of town you are working, when traffic will be the lightest, and how many current clients and potential clients you can fit into the time you have allotted for your visits.
2. Email. You need to have the ability to decipher what you absolutely need to answer immediately, and what can wait. Time block your day to allow emailing at the beginning and end of your day. Your sales call hours should not be interrupted answering emails unless they are absolutely necessary.
3. Visits. Yes, it is a core value of a BG'er to have face time with our clients. However, you can create a lasting effect on your clients without spending more than 10 minutes in that office. You have to know how to take control of a visit and not get sucked into a manager's office for any longer than necessary. Staying in front of more clients and having the charisma to create a positive impression in just a few minutes will you serve you better than seeing far fewer clients but knowing personal details about those that you do make the time to see.