Time management and productivity hacks are mostly useless if you don’t firstly know WHY your time truly matters to you.
Here’s what I’ve learned over the past 20 years of my career:
- Accept that you can’t manage time, but you can manage your choices and decisions.
- Work on getting crystal clear on why your time matters to you.
- Figure out what you’re really good at and the value you bring.
- Say no to what you shouldn’t be doing.
- Be honest with yourself about what you can’t do well (harder than you think!).
- Stop saying yes; to save other people, for recognition, to feel important.
- Resist the craving to be busy. Any fool can be busy.
- Continually increase the amount of control you have of your schedule (you have more control than you believe).
- Block out more thinking time for yourself.
- Create some non-negotiable boundaries.
- Delegate and ask for help. Other people grow when they get to do what they’re good at.
- Stop trying to do everything in one day.
- Your work will be waiting for you tomorrow.
Know that when you get clear on WHY your time matters, you can start to make better choices and decisions about where you spend your time. More importantly, you can say NO with confidence, kindness and integrity.
- The spotlight isn’t on you.
- Stop taking things personally. It’s not all about you.
- It’s not important that you’re right.
- You don’t have to prove how smart you are.
- Let others have their turn.
- Stop looking for recognition.
- Just that you do the right thing. That’s all that matters.
- Stop talking. Get curious about other people.
- There’s plenty of room for everyone.
- Stop making assumptions and judging others.
- Anger doesn’t look good on you.
- Don’t let fear control you. Stop protecting yourself.
- Take responsibility for your mistakes. Own them.
- Stop needing to have all the answers. Help people figure it out for themselves.
- You’re not better than other people.
- Stop showing off and trying to get a reaction.
- Stop getting carried away by other people.
- What are you taking for granted right now?
- Be honest, especially when it’s difficult
- Stop pretending like your perfect.
- You don’t need to understand or know everything.
- Stop trying to control other people.
Things that help me to set personal and professional goals for the following year:
- The wheel of life: Reviewing the last year, scoring myself, and then making a plan of development to move the needle in each category.
- My three words: Reviewing the last year and creating three words for 2021. This is the exercise that Chris Brogan hosts every year. Link in the comments.
- Values: Writing out my values and intentions for who I want to be in the year ahead.
- Reading list: What will I read in 2021 and what will my theme be?
- Stop doing list: A list of everything I want to do less of and stop doing altogether.
- Mentorship: Working with a few special people to help me see what isn’t obvious to me.
…and finally, making it easy to reference all this reflection and planning on a daily basis throughout the year.
At work I am a digital sales and marketing coach.
Is this who I am?
Am I my job title?
Is this ALL I am? No.
My identity is not fixed to what I do.
Will my job change in a year? 10 years? Possibly.
Does my work make me who I am?
Or IS IT ME that makes my work what it is?
Does my job title need to be congruent with the ideas I share?
Do I need to have a qualification to have different and new ideas? No.
My identity is fluid.
My identity is dynamic.
Am I what other people think I am?
Am I other people’s opinions?
Am I what the critics think I am?
Am I my most recent post on LinkedIn? No.
Is there only one way?
Is there only right and wrong?
Is there only nothing or perfect? No.
I am whatever and whoever I want to be.
Who I NEED to be.
I am my ideas.
I am my thoughts.
I am my past. My future.
I am imperfect.
I am figuring out as I go.
Just like you.
Stop waiting for perfect.
Stop asking for permission.
Stop protecting yourself from failure.
Stop letting other people’s opinions hold you back.
Stop pretending you’ve figured it all out.
Stop getting in your own way.
Start sharing your thoughts.
Start sharing your ideas.
Start putting yourself out there.
Start shaping your own identity.