When you're in time poverty, you're always rushing. You charge through your day, darting from task to task, and you never get anything done. Your to-do list is anxiety inducing because it is constantly growing, and you're always stressed out about your lack of time.
Being in time poverty is a very common occurrence among entrepreneurs, but it is not at all conducive to running a thriving, profitable business. In order to be successful, you have to be productive, and overcoming time poverty is absolutely crucial to achieving that goal.
Here are seven things to start doing immediately to overcome time poverty and start getting things done:
1. Remember that we all have 24 hours. It's how you spend those hours that determines what gets done and how enjoyable/successful your life is.
2. Stop saying "I don't have enough time." You get what you speak in this world, so if you say things like "I don't have enough time", you're going to create that experience. Time is literally going to slip away from you.
3. Change your language. When I first started my business, I attracted an abundance of incredible opportunities. So many, in fact, that I started saying things like, "I don't know how I'm going to get all of this done." And all of a sudden, things started slowing down. Contracts got delayed. I created time poverty and was rewarded with more time. When I changed my language to that of abundance, the new business started rolling in once again.
4. Stop forcing yourself to work on the tasks that you dislike. These tasks take up more of your time and energy because you have to motivate yourself. They have a tendency to sit on your to-do lists for months because you avoid them. You tell yourself the problem is you don't have time, but in reality you don't want to do these tasks. The solution? Delegate them or cross them off your list.
5. Only work in your genius zone. When you work on the things you're passionate about, you're in your genius zone. You're in your sweet spot, getting stuff done. Time flies and you're super productive because you're doing what you're good at. Stay in your genius zone and delegate everything else.
6. Identify your distractions, such as social media, email or free offers from programs you purchased. Develop new habits to combat these distractions so you're more productive and efficient with your time.
7. Listen to what you're really saying. When you say, "I don't have time for that," what you're really saying is, "That's not important to me right now." If it were a priority, you would make time. From now on, replace "I don't have time for that" with "That's not important to me." Before you know it, you'll have a surplus of time that you're spending efficiently, because you'll only be working on the things that are genuinely important.
How many of these time management strategies do you currently use, and which ones do you think will be most beneficial for you moving forward?