Do you ever wish that you could manufacture more time for your self, maybe have 28 hours in a day instead of 24?
Sounds like a nice idea, but you’re not a magician and can’t create more time.
The better idea, in fact the solution to the problem, is to find more focus so you make better use of the time you have.
We live in a world where technology is taking over everyday life and your potential for being distracted is increasing as well.
If you want to get everything done, and I know that you do because you want to grow your business, it’s imperative you stay focused on what matters most.
You must make time for business planning, as well as producing your design jobs.
Start by taking a hard look at what is competing for your attention and determine what the biggest time wasters are:
· Never ending back and forth texts
· Phone calls at all hours of the day
· Emails full of “bright shiny objects”
· Trying to figure out something instead of delegating it to someone else
· Taking care of other peoples’ priorities (instead of your own)
· Volunteering or other extracurricular activities during your work day
Next, notice what kind of interruptions you get, how long it takes to refocus after the interruption, and who specifically is hijacking your time?
Now, figure out what is really important and what isn’t.
Once you’ve finished those steps, it’s time to write down the outcome you would be happy with in your business a year from now and post it somewhere you can see it during your work day (on your computer screen, a mirror, or maybe on the picture frame of your family).
Use this written outcome to filter all that you do by asking the question, if I do this will it bring to me closer to my goal?
If so, great! And if not, stop and move on.
Finally, use these 3 guidelines to maximize your time every day –
#1 Always Prioritize:
Look at the long term importance of what is on your to-do list and select 3 things that will make you the most money, in the least amount of time, with the least effort and the greatest long-term impact. It can be the job that is closest to being ready to present, creating marketing collateral, attending a BNI group, etc.
#2 Give Yourself Permission to Say No:
Design entrepreneurs are wired to respond quickly and love to be useful. The problem is you’re usually working on someone else’s priorities and not on your own projects. Be okay with saying no, you’re only one person and can only do so much.
#3 Schedule It!
Three important tasks a day that are done well, are far more valuable than 20 tasks done poorly.
Decide what your 3 most important things are, calculate how much time it will take you to do these tasks and schedule into your calendar.
Make appointments in your calendar as you would a non-negotiable client appointment … meaning no changes, no backing out.
And you must promise not to move on to your second item “to-do” until the first is totally completed. Since it’s scheduled, you’ll get what you need to get done!
You may not be able to make more time in the day, but you can control how your time is spent. Use the guidelines above and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you reach your goals and actually start to have free time to create new ones!
Terri Taylor breaks down the walls of secrecy by sharing her 30 years of professional interior design and remodeling experience to help interior designers work smarter, not harder, and get paid what they’re really worth.
Terri received her NCIDQ certification in 1993, and is a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and Interior Design Society (IDS). She also received the 2000 ASID Interior Design Award of Excellence and holds an Arizona Contractor’s License.
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