Accomplishing goals in a timely manner is a balancing act for most, and more often than not the scales aren't tipped in our favor. Think about it; if you were to rate yourself, would you say that you use your time efficiently:
- Most of the time?
- Some of the time?
Depending on your response, you may not be struggling to "Keep up," and that's great! On the flip side, you may be feeling like there aren't enough hours in the day to accomplish all that you want. In this case you'll need to identify where the inefficiencies are(lost time), and learn to manage yourself by looking inward and focus on things that matter to you.
For more balance and productivity in aspects of your life, let's look at how time wasters impact you life negatively, and how you can address them for more effectiveness:
Poor task management
Creating action-oriented lists enables for proper planning, and gets you to "commit all the details" on paper. This way, the probability that your memory will "let you down" is minimized. Not planning at all/ahead may result in unclear definition of what needs to be done, unnecessary repeating of tasks, and a poor estimation of time that should be spent on each.
Minimize or avoid unplanned interruptions/distractions (phone calls/emails/internet, social media/ visitors) on your time whilst working, so that you can maintain focus on what's important. Scheduling specific time frames for different activities i.e. family vs work is a good way to establish this.
Taking on too much
Not saying no, and helping everyone who requests you to, is not beneficial to you or others around you. Learning to set clearly defined boundaries, sticking to them and only accepting what you can dedicate yourself to 100% creates the best output.
Lack of delegation
Trying to accomplish everything on your own because you don't think anyone else can do it as well as you can? Give yourself the gift of time and concentrate on what really matters to you (growing your business, improving your work-life balance, becoming more productive etc). Learn to trust in others and their abilities, and delegate whenever possible - especially whatever is routine/basic.
So who's counting anyway? At the end of the day, the choice is yours to make. Hopefully, you will be inspired to start the process of stemming the time drain! Remember, you don't have to tackle everything at once - a step at a time is often enough to start a positive wave.