Four Rhythm Killers to Avoid
Everyone wishes they can have more time in the day, to get just a little bit more done. Whether it be work, training, sleep, family time or anything else, everyone wants more time. The truth is, there is a finite amount of time in each day. Time management is a huge issue with entrepreneurs, especially for small business owners.
Here are four quick tips that will help you with your time management skills and get you on the right track. Setting a rhythm for you day is a huge key, once you get into your rhythm, that last thing you want is to be pulled away from it. I employ these four tips every day here at Endurance Sports University and we recommend them very strongly to the members of our Coaching Mentorship Program.
Regardless of how hard you try, doing everything by yourself is a time sync that can destroy your productivity. The solution: know when to ask for help and know where to get help. There are quite a few online sites that allow you to hire someone online for a specific contract, to accomplish a specific task.
One site that I have used frequently is Upwork, which was formerly oDesk. It’s a great resource for entrepreneurs to hire someone for a relatively low price. Endurance Sports University has some big projects coming up, we’ll definitely be taking full advantage of Upwork.
Saying ‘no’ is hard for most people. That’s kind of surprising right? Maybe not, it’s human nature to try to please people. As an entrepreneur and small business owner, you have to protect your time, it is the most valuable asset you have.
Unfortunately, that means that you will have to say “no” to people at times. Saying “no” eliminates the “quick 15 minute call” that someone wants; those suck up time and destroy any work rhythm that you have created. In terms of business, if there is a request for you time, you have to ask yourself this question:
“Is this in line with my 30-day, 60-day and 90-day goals that I created to support my vision as a business owner?”
If the answer is no, then don’t “squeeze” it in. You have to protect your time. If it’s important enough, the task can be scheduled in to your calendar tomorrow or next week when you have scheduled time to take phone calls.
That sucks right? But you already know this one. Lets say it together, out loud: “perfection does not exist!”
So what does this mean to you? Whether it’s a document you’re creating, an ad you want to generate, a blog post or market trends… there is never a “perfect” set of conditions.
Generate the product, analyze the markets, make a decision and then pull the trigger.
These happen right? Your significant other wants to chat. Someone sends you a text. Facebook or Twitter? Email? All of these tend to be distractions, some of which are related to business and some are not.
Your goal is to minimize these distractions by blocking off time in your calendar to check email, to reply to text messages and other business functions that can knock you out of your rhythm.
You HAVE TO block off time each day that is distraction free! This is where you will accomplish the most work. Another solution: most phones these days have an airplane mode; put your phone into airplane mode, set a timer for the time period you do not want to be distracted.
I hope these tips will help make user of just a little more time throughout the day. When I first employed these tips here at Endurance Sports University, I magically found another 20-30 minutes of time to work each day!
All of our Coaching Mentorship Program members that have employed this also found the same: they had an additional 30 minutes of time to accomplish real work. Lets see what they do for you!