When we were kids in school, we learned all about the inner workings of the cells inside the human body, but you know what would have been more helpful to learn? Time management strategies.
But in my signature Brittnie style, I’m dropping some truth today: it’s never too late to try something new, and that includes the way you manage your time. Today’s blog post will walk you through a few exercises to help you learn how you’re spending your time currently and how you can be more efficient with your time moving forward.
But before we get started, let me ask you this:
In my recent live workshop, 3 Days to Better Productivity, busy women just like you shared these limiting beliefs with me:
Despite all of these limiting beliefs, we DO have control over our own schedule! “Control” and “time management” might look different for all of us, but it is possible to develop strategies that will help you manage your time more effectively.
The first step in managing your time is determining how you are currently spending your time. My favorite way to do this is through a Time Audit!
Get my free worksheet here to complete a time audit for yourself, but here’s the basic instructions:
After you’ve tracked your time for your work week, take stock of what you spend your time doing.
Once you’ve added up the total time you’ve invested in related tasks, you’re ready for the next process: Delete, Outsource, Batch, or Automate.
Again, I have a download of this worksheet available for you, but first, let’s define these terms:
After you’ve completed this list of tasks that you can delete, outsource, batch, or automate, it’s time to take Inventory. Download this worksheet here – let’s dive in:
Notice here that in this exercise, we’re not focusing only on struggle areas or patterns of behavior we’d like to change – we’re celebrating efficiencies, too!
Want more time management tips? Join the workshop here. We’ll dive into time blocking techniques, setting daily goals, and developing daily, weekly, and monthly routines.
Here’s what other business owners just like you said about the workshop:
Check out the Capture The Chaos planner for Business Creatives for additional time management support.