Time management - what is stealing your time?

Do you find yourself getting to the end of the working day & wondering where the time has gone?

Feeling that you've not achieved the one thing you set out to do by the end of the day?

Fed up with leaving work much later than planned and missing out on family time?

There are many ways to work towards a better way of managing the time you have available.

But when you have a lot going on, it can feel overwhelming. You might not know where to start.

One really helpful activity I have done myself, and with my clients, is to look at Time Thieves.

What are Time Thieves?

Time Thieves are the elements that take you away from what you want to achieve. They steal your time, energy and focus away from your plans.

Often our time thieves are driven by habits and so it's tough to break them. But it's not impossible. It's just takes consistent persistence - and small steps.

What is stealing your time?

Start by writing down everything that is stealing your time. You may already be able to write down a long list.

But if you find yourself a bit stuck for ideas, then you can start by keeping a notepad by you for a few days. And every time you are working on something other than what you have planned, write it down.

Time Thieves to get you started

Here are a few time thieves if you're wondering where to get started.

Examples of time thieves, to get you started include

  • making endless cups of coffee

  • checking social media repeatedly

  • reading the same emails several times without taking action

  • chatting when you know you need to get on with your planned work

  • watching Netflix or other boxsets

What now?

Once you've identified your time thieves, choose the one that will make the biggest impact on your time management goals. Write it down.

Now write down the impact that having that time thief in your life has on you.

Finally choose one thing that you can do to reduce or remove that time thief from your life. You might need to work on several things, but it's often best to choose one thing at a time and focus on that. Then once that is resolved, you can pick up the next one to work on.

If you need more support with your time thieves, contact me for a chat about how coaching can help to support you to improve your time management.

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