Podcast Episode 85 — How to be Ruthless With Your Time
Today I want to talk about your time.
Time is your most precious asset regarding your goals and deadlines because it is finite. There are only 24 hours in each day, every day. To make the most of your time allocated for your work or goals, you need to become ruthless with your time.
Here are some tips to help you:
- Learn to say no.
The most significant factor in being ruthless with your time is the ability to say no. Unfortunately, we have been taught it’s rude to say no when someone asks you to do something, and you can do it. However, if it is something that will interfere with your schedule, work, or family life, it is perfectly acceptable to say no. If you have trouble with that or need to know where to start, read my article here.
Once you start saying no to things that will not help you keep to your schedule or achieve your goals, it will become much more manageable.
2. Get up on time.
This sounds like a simple enough task, but let’s be honest. How many times do you hit the snooze button each morning?
If you want to create good time habits, make it a priority to get up when the alarm goes off and get on with your day. You’ll gain the time you would have lost if you stayed in bed. Ten or twenty minutes may not seem like a lot, but you’d be amazed at what you can do in a few minutes.
3. Be early.
As my son’s band director used to say, “If you’re early, you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late. And if you’re late, don’t bother.”
Part of what causes us stress is deadlines. The need to be somewhere at a specified time, be it an in-person meeting, a Zoom call, or a phone call, and knowing you only have so much time to get there can create a sense of urgency that is not productive.
Instead of worrying about making it to your meetings on time, create your schedule, so you have time to arrive at least 10 minutes early. This will allow you not to stress, and it will also allow for any unforeseen emergencies that can throw off your schedule.