“How can I manage my time more effectively and feel less overwhelmed?”
That question has been cropping up a lot lately in my discussions with other business leaders and in my role as mentor to startups. It could be because it’s the start of a new year or due to looming uncertainty; either way it’s something on the minds of people with decades of experience to those with just a few months.
For many years in my professional life, I’ve given this question thought off and on and while I can still improve, I’ve taken many steps to figure out what has worked for me and put routines into practice. This has allowed me to juggle many businesses, family, health, relationships, and community involvement. I feel it’s important to share what works for me so that others may benefit from what I’ve learned, just as I learned from others and how they increased their own productivity and time management. I boiled down my process to three components.
1. Know where you want to go
Set goals and prioritize them. Make sure they suit your life and what you want to accomplish and write them down. It’s imperative to know where you want to go and get there with purpose. It helps if the goals take many aspects of your life into account, so you don’t burn out or miss out on things that are truly important. For example, making money efforts vs. grow and deepen my relationship with my spouse focus.
2. Don’t hit the snooze button
When you set your alarm clock, set it for when you need to get up and start the day at that time. If you need more sleep go to bed earlier the next night, the start to the day is vital.
3. Take 10 minutes to organize your day everyday
You must look at your day with a critical eye and say this is the one to three things I must get done today to get the most out of it. Organize your day with your goals and direction in mind before you start work on other things. This will allow you to prioritize tasks and efforts without the noisy interference of others. If you do this first thing in the morning your mind should be clean and clear which allows for the most effective prioritization.
Hope that helps anyone looking for tips in this area. There is always more to learn and ways to be more effective, but this is what has worked for me.
Thank you and have a productive 2021!
Travis Alsup, CEO of Kosh Solutions