Protect Your Time – Master Your Time, Schedule, Calendar
Are you making time for your most important people and things? If it’s not on your calendar, it will not get done.
How do you use your time? Does it feel like your time, schedule, and calendar are managing you? If so, this is distracting you, taking you off focus, and draining your energy.
A healthy relationship with time helps reduce stress and will generate more time for the things you love.
About time …
Time is finite – you can make more money, more friends, generate new ideas, learn new things – you can not make more time! We all get 24 hours a day or 168 hours each week.
Honoring your boundaries with your time, schedule, and calendar that works for you is a powerful way to get the best “right” things done and respect yourself. Double dip – helps you protect your energy and pace yourself, so you always have what you need to finish any race strong.
Mastery best practices for protecting your time
- Commit to mastering your time – doing the right things with your time. This may require you to learn and try new ways to grow your skills and competency in this critical life skill.
- Know Your Best Time –are you a morning person, a night owl? When do you do your best work? Don’t spend your best time wasting time.
- Complete and Plan each week – use specific descriptions for tasks with time estimates. Schedule the time on your calendar to do the work, and honor your deadlines.
- Calendar Block like activities – 3 Ps – Planning, Project (Focus & Admin), Play. Schedules should include transition buffers to allow enough time between meetings and tasks. Also, have some white space for unplanned and carry-over tasks.
- Always make time to invest in your self-care. Put your oxygen mask on first! Do something every day that brings you joy!
- Do less, better to completion. Simplify by focusing on “will dos’ as opposed to “to-dos.” Ask yourself – does it need to be done? Does it need to be done by me? Does it need to be done NOW?
- Prioritize and stay focused on your most important Top 3 most.
- Beware of multi-tasking; it’s a time trap. It does not help you to be more productive. Keep a laser focus on one thing at a time. https://lisabollow.com/multitasking-myth/
Most importantly, you’re in charge of your time, schedule, and calendar. You say what goes in your schedule and on your calendar. Protect your time by taking charge and owning your commitments, and aligning everything you give time to so you control what gets your attention.
Remember that there are only 24 hours in the day. This means that whatever you choose to take on limits your ability to do other things. So even if you somehow can fit a new commitment into your schedule, if it’s not more important than what you would have to give up to do it (including time for relaxation and self-care), you don’t have the time in your schedule.
You’re in charge – own your commitments, take charge of your time, including your calendar, and you’ll take charge of your happiness and fulfillment!
If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done!
What will you choose to do today?
- Take care of yourself
- Make time for you – do something every day that brings you joy!
- Manage your time differently
- Take Action when you are stuck
- Invest time and money into your development
- Use accountability structures to support your success journey
- Use a coach, mastermind, or peak performance partner to help hold you accountable
You’re in charge – own your commitments, take charge of your time, including your calendar, and happiness!
Check it out and let me know in the comments how you will protect your energy in our post-pandemic world?
Reminder: time and energy are nonrenewable assets. You only get 24 hours a day and 168 hours a week. Once they’re spent, they’re gone; you don’t get them back.
Protecting your time and energy is your superpower!
How will you spend your time today?
How will you make sure you have enough energy in your tank to get your highest priority things done today?