One of the most difficult areas of most people’s lives is time management. We all want enough time for our work, our family, and ourselves. So how do the most successful people manage their time?
Having gathered data by interviewing over 130 millionaires, Jaime Tardy found out that they know the value of their time, and use it to the best of their ability. She has curated the top tips on their time management to help you have more time to work, and more time to play and be with your family.
Get everything out of your head
What are all the things you need to pay attention to? Getting all that out of your head, it’s really game-changing when you do that. It doesn’t solve your problems, but it makes them evident. It makes it a lot easier then to make good intuitive choices about where you ought to be putting your focus, and where’s it okay that you don’t put your focus today.
As I say, you need to know what you’re not doing before you feel comfortable about what you’re not doing. Getting a map of all the things you’re not doing, what are all the projects right now that you’re not doing if you’re listening or watching this? You better know what that is, or you won’t be present with anything that you’re doing.
Nothing is holding your attention hostage, and you’re able to give your full attention to whatever that is, whether that’s playing with the dog or writing a business plan. That’s really where you want to be, and that’s a critical component.
Have a list of all of those things that could be good to do, but can’t do all of them. Identify what are the important tasks, but either way they are sitting there. A lot of them you will never do. That procrastination is so powerful. Then every week or every other week review that list, and ask, ‘Is that still necessary?’
Have a purpose and plan for your day
One of the most crucial parts of being productive in your work is to have a purpose for your day. Getting up in the morning and working without any goal or purpose can be a major downfall in accomplishing your goals. A person can start off the day getting ready to accomplish tasks, but without a clear purpose, you will more than likely not be as productive as you could be.
Practice the Friday 15
[In this exercise] you only have fifteen minutes. The ﬁrst thing you do is look at your plan for the week. You will realize that you actually got a lot of stuff not done but a lot of times my list is longer than when you just started.
You should then look at that and decided what it is that you can just ﬁnish in a couple of minutes. Because sometimes you just need to return a phone call, pay a bill, or change something on your blog.
The second thing to look at is what you want to move to next week or you want to either delegate to the people that you outsource to or that want to get rid of. So you should delegate it or dump it.
Then the third thing is to create a new plan for next week. One of the mistakes we often make when we create a plan or a list is we put everything in there that we hope to do. But our expectations are too high. What I encourage people to do is keep it down to about a dozen things that are really critical for next week and that’s what I call your ﬂight plan. So, just like a pilot taking of, I now know where I need to land. So by Friday those need to be completed.
The last thing to do is to clean up your area. Put stuff away, get rid of clutter. Get rid of the Post-It notes, those three felt pens, two pens, and a pencil, because when you come in, you want to feel successful. And you can never feel successful if you’re surrounded by clutter. Because clutter is not only a distraction—I look at it, and I think about it!—clutter reminds me I have not completed something.
When I feel in control of my time, instead of my time controlling me, I make better decisions and am more able to enjoy my life.
All the millionaires Jaime Tardy have interviewed have one thing in common: they take responsibility for their time. As the ancient philosopher Lao Tzu said,“Time is a created thing. To say, ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.’”