If you look online, there are any number of productivity hacks and time management systems. If you do this, you’ll save yourself ten minutes per day. If you do that, you’ll gain an extra hour in the evenings. And all of them promising to make you feel better and do more.
You can’t manage time.
You can just choose what you’re going to do with it.
The tasks you dread, the ones you don’t like doing. They’re the ones you procrastinate over. The ones that take all the time. The ones that span out into the evenings, that you put off till the weekend.
The tasks you love. You dive straight into them. You don’t notice the clock. And you get amazing things done, completed to a high standard and feel proud as a result.
If you want to get more out of your day, get rid of the tasks you hate and concentrate on the tasks you love.
But all those other things, the stuff you dislike, where does it go?
Firstly, you need to decide if you really need to do it. Many things seem essential, but are actually a waste of time – an example being I used to spend hours going to business networking. If you add up the time I spent at those meetings and compared it to how much money I made from them, the rate was shocking. So I stopped.
Secondly, if it really needs to happen, you need to systematise it. Figure out which bits are the same every time, pinpoint the decisions that need to be made and work out how you can hand it over. Whether that’s handing it over to another human being, or handing it over to a bit of software.
If it’s the former, I can refer you to amazing specialists and generalists who can take your tedious tasks off your hands.
If it’s the latter, my experience as a software developer means I can find or create the no-frills business software that does the work for you.
Taking you from anxious to calm, from overwhelmed to relaxed.