As a coach, a common complaint I hear is, “I have too much to do!” and “I don’t have enough time.” “Help, I’m overwhelmed!” “What can I do?” You can see the frustration on their face. Can you relate to this dilemma?
Here are some things that will help you figure out the “What to do?” question.
Do you have a clear vision?
In Scott Hunter’s Blog posted on the Unshackled Leadership website earlier this week, he talked about the importance of having a clear vision and how this impacts the morale of employees, as well, as the success of the business. Another benefit of a clearly articulated vision for your company AND for one yourself is that this helps you make decisions about how to use your time. Here’s the link to Scott’s blog on “The Power of Vision” http://www.unshackledleadership.com/unshackled-leadership-blog/2013/8/6/the-power-of-a-vision.html.
How do you CHOOSE to spend your time?
Lack of time is not the problem – the issue is prioritization and focus. Being “busy” without focus and prioritization takes up a lot of time! When you make decisions and choices about how you spend your time, anchor them back to your vision and the supporting goals. Ask yourself at the beginning of each week, “What’s my most important goal for this week that supports my vision?” Each day, ask, “What’s the most important thing I can do today in support of my goal?” FOCUS, and then take ACTION.
Have you over committed yourself?
Is taking on too much hampering your success? We all have the same amount of time. Sometimes we fill our plates too full, we over commit. Again, anchor back to your vision and stay focused on priorities. Recently I heard someone say, “NO” is a complete sentence. It’s OK to say “NO”.
Are you doing what you’re joyful and passionate about?
When people answer “NO” to this question, the result is often time wasters; such as, procrastination, doing other things that are more fun or rewarding and flitting from one thing to another in search of “satisfaction” and “joy”.
Whether you are an individual or business leader who is struggling with “not enough time”, get a copy of Unshackled Leadership and follow the process for creating a vision for a life you are passionate about. It will be time well spent! The entire process is described in Chapter 19 of Unshackled Leadership. You can get your copy here: http://www.unshackledleadership.com/online-store/