Tag: time management

6 Rules to Finish What You Start

 

Given we all have 24 hours in a day, I’m constantly surprised by how many people squander that precious time and waste it on things they know they shouldn’t be doing.

I see this all the time with my friends, loved ones and my peers, and do my best to share my knowledge on habits, time management and tools to help them. 

Most of the time they end up resenting where their time went and what they didn’t achieve.

So how can you avoid this?

Well, you can start by listening to this podcast episode where I divulge the 6 Rules to Finishing What You Start.

I’ve read my fair share of books and one of the most inspiring is Peter Hollin’s “Finish What You Start”. Finish What You Start

In this book, he shares his lifelong curiosity around how we manage our time and also why we don’t finish the things that we start. He then goes into a plethora of practical ways to reclaim our time and actually get things done!

One of the methods he suggests, that I found to be a real eye-opener, is creating a manifesto. A manifesto, in his words, is nothing more than a set of rules to follow everyday.

By having this manifesto as your guiding principle, you immediately place a value on your time and activities that makes you prioritize what’s important, and it acts as a guiding star for any new projects you may want to start, and to avoid any distractions that will inevitably come your way.

He also shares 6 rules to finishing what you start, and I divulge these on this podcast episode, but in a nutshell they are:

Rule 1: Are you acting out of laziness? If so, is this a characterization you want about yourself?

Rule 2: Three major tasks a day, maximum.

Rule 3: Create daily limitations and requirements for yourself.

Rule 4: Reaffirm your intentions by stating “I want,” “I will,” and “I won’t” statements.

Rule 5: Try to look into the future, 10 minutes, hours, and days at a time. Do you like what you see when you consider not following through?

Rule 6: It’s just 10 minutes, right? So if you want to quit, it’s just 10 minutes. And if you need to wait, it’s just 10 minutes.

I go into more detail on what each of these rules means and how to apply them and also share 

  • How to write a manifesto
  • How to reaffirm your intentions

Resources

Let me know what you think of this episode and if you enjoy the insights I shared into how to value your time consciously and make the most of every minute.

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Beat Procrastination by Managing Your Emotions

Lately, with the sheer amount of work I’ve put on my own plate, and take full responsibility for, I’ve found myself procrastinating more than I’d like to admit.

Procrastination – the thing we all love to hate but can’t avoid…until now!

Turns out, what has always been viewed as another form of laziness or perfection (depending on which side of the coin you place yourself), actually has nothing to do with time management at all!

After reading a fantastic NYTimes article, it appears it’s not about time management but emotions management – which is something we as humans can definitely work on controlling.

Here’s what the article quotes:

“A 2013 study, Dr. Pychyl and Dr. Sirois found that procrastination can be understood as “the primacy of short-term mood repair … over the longer-term pursuit of intended actions.”

Put simply, procrastination is about being more focused on “the immediate urgency of managing negative moods” than getting on with the task, Dr. Sirois said.”

This makes so much sense to me. We feel bad when we procrastinate, but because we often procrastinate by getting something else done, that’s not priority but is useful, we temporarily feel better.

Until we return to the shite feelings of still being behind, stressed, anxious, self-doubt and even more horrible emotions that procrastination briefly took us away from.

Before we know it, we get stuck in an endless chronic cycle of rewarding those bad feelings through the habit of procrastination.  

There is an alternative, six in fact, and I think you’re going to like them and by the end of this podcast, even implement them, rather than procrastinating right?!

In this episode I share with you:

  • Why you’re not a lazy person even if you procrastinate
  • Why procrastination is not a time management problem, but an emotions management one
  • The real reason we procrastinate and how to break the chronic cycle
  • How to rewire our brain to a Bigger Better Offer than the reward of procrastination
  • Six positive ways to beat procrastination

Resources

Read this NYTimes article: Why You Procrastinate (It Has Nothing to Do With Self-Control) 

Short video by Mel Robbins: The reason you procrastinate (It’s not what you think) 

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Why you need your own Personal Assistant

Hiring a virtual assistant is one of the best investments you can make for your business to save you time and money.

But have you ever thought about making that same investment in your own life with a personal assistant?

Personal assistants are not just for the rich and famous. Imagine freeing up hours to work on your business or spend time with your family instead of taking care of personal tasks that you don’t enjoy doing?

A personal assistant can handle a lot of responsibilities that you can delegate to them. Hiring one will make a big difference in your life.

In this vlog, I share the reasons why a personal assistant is an absolute must for any entrepreneur, what tasks you can delegate and how much time a PA is going to save you!

Resources:

  • Fin is a new kind of assistant – using AI (artificial intelligence), always on and ready to help.
  • Upwork, formerly Elance-oDesk, is a global freelancing platform where businesses and independent professionals connect and collaborate remotely.
  • Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) operates a marketplace for work that requires human intelligence.
  • Remote – end-to-end solutions for hiring managers and job seekers.
  • Toggl – The simplest time tracker to help you get things done.

How to master your time

We all have 168 hours a week but do you still wish you have more time?

Do you still wonder where you are spending all your hours?

If so, you need a better approach to manage yourself and your time wisely.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • What the 80:20 rule is and how it can transform your business and life
  • How to create an achievable routine that doesn’t leave you frazzled
  • One major thing you can plan a week in advance to be way more effective each day
  • How to use your calendar effectively so you control your time, not others

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The Power of a Time Audit

Have you ever stopped to think about exactly where your time goes?

Do you find yourself saying “I’m so busy” or “I don’t have time” far too often?

Well how do you know you don’t have time, if you’ve never tracked where your time goes?

I’m talking about doing a time audit of your day to day activities when it comes where those minutes and hours of work actually go.

I recently did just this and mapped out my businesses and projects into a percentage figure of time they account for in my life, each week.

It’s not only illuminating, but a necessity for all of us.

The moment you can define where your time is spent, you get to be far more proactive about how you spend it and what you prioritize.

In this episode I:

  • Drink champagne
  • Tell you what a 100% of my work time is broken down into each week
  • Share my favourite time management and tracking tool (that’s changed my life)
  • Share a brilliant technique that ensures you cram a lot more work into a short time than you normally would!

I’d love to hear your time breakdown in the comments below.

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