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Finding Time

Practically everyone I speak with is playing "beat the clock" to get through their days.

No one seems to have enough time to get through everything on their "to-do" lists and they feel the squeeze. What do you leave out - cleaning, exercise, spending time with family, work, self-care? There is just not enough time to do everything.

And what's often left out are the things we want most.

You want to run your day instead of having your day run you. And the advice is almost always the same - "you need to take control of your time. You need to be more intentional about your time." But how?

Here's a foolproof plan to follow,

But first, some sobering news...You will never be done with your to-do list. By it's very nature, it is something that you add to. It is a running reminder of things that need to be done.

You can, however, manage the list. And here are 4 steps to do just that (and because I love acronyms, the steps form the word "time").

T is for Time Audit: A time audit lets you learn exactly how you're spending every moment of the day. Tally all the tasks you do in a day; leave out nothing.

I is for Identify: Identify your "big rocks" (most important), where you're wasting time, and what can be delegated (and we all have things that can be delegated).

M is for Mapping: Map it out. Schedule everything. Many have great success with what my mentor and former coach called "breaking the seal." Before bed list the top three things that need to get done and get everything prepared so that you can get right to them the next morning. (Procrastination, as they say, is the thief of time.)

E is for Establish Routine: A routine will help to make us more efficient. Use a visible calendar, alarms, bells, whistles - whatever you need to do to stick to your schedule. It will become seamless and help to keep you undistractable.

Now, I'd like to hear from you. Which of these steps seems most "doable" for you? Which presents the most challenge?

“People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures.” ~F. M. Alexander

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