It might seem obvious, but I was shocked when it actually dawned on me that all these super productive and successful people I looked up to had no more time in their days than I did.
I mean, duh, right?
For some reason, it just hadn’t occurred to me that they had the exact same 24 hours as everyone else. So how on earth were these people getting so much more done? How do people build successful businesses, complete massive creative projects and still have a life?
Then I realized this: The people who are kicking butt in their lives and businesses aren’t wasting time on stuff they don’t actually have to do.
The issue isn’t a lack of time; the issue is that too many of us are doing stuff that isn’t moving us forward.
Successful people ruthlessly audit their time and make adjustments when needed. They know how to get things done and what’s important to them.
How successful people find more time (and how you can too!)
They do the important stuff first. They figure out what’s important and what’s not, and they organize their lives around it.
Try it: What three things NEED to get done today? What would improve your life and move your business forward? Make those your priorities for the day, and finish those before you do anything else.
If it’s not important and doesn’t actually have to get done, they don’t sweat it. I mean, it’s okay if they bring chips and store bought hummus to a potluck instead of spending hours on a homemade appetizer. It’s okay if they decide to quit Twitter because they hate it and it’s not bringing in much traffic anyway.
Try it: What’s one thing you’re spending time on that isn’t yielding results? Is it a social media platform, a commitment, a marketing technique, or some tiny little timesuck that just isn’t pulling its weight? Find it and eliminate it. You have better things to do.
They don’t insist on perfection.
There’s a big difference between having high standards and being a perfectionist. Perfectionism wastes time, because you get caught in the tiny details that don’t really matter while missing the stuff that does matter. Successful people don’t endlessly edit and revise their awesome ecourse to avoid releasing it. They meet their deadlines.
Try it: Do you have a project that isn’t moving forward because you can’t stop messing with it? A blog post that you haven’t published because it isn’t perfect? Let go of perfectionism today and put it out there. Make sure it’s free of errors, sure, but don’t worry if it isn’t the next Canterbury Tales. It doesn’t have to be perfect to be awesome.
They say NO.
We all have requests and commitments flying at us from all directions, but people who know what’s important to them know how to say “no” to anything that doesn’t feel right to them or that they simply don’t have time for. I get it, it might feel selfish to turn someone down for something, but remember this: your time is best spent on doing what you do best, on sharing your gifts with the world.
Try it: Say no to something today. Say no to that interview that you know won’t grow your business. Don’t volunteer to drive carpool next week when you really don’t have time. It’s really okay.
The hire someone to clean their house so they don’t have to. They hire help in their business to do the tasks they don’t actually have to do, and this frees them to do the stuff only they can do.
Try it: What do you need to outsource in your life or business? Is it cleaning? Blogging? Sending emails? Managing your social media?
Seriously, hiring a VA is one of the best things you can do for your business, and I’m not just saying that because I am one. I’ve seen businesses go from struggling to booming once they hired a team. The more you can take off your own plate, the more time you’ll free up to do the stuff that will actually grow your business!
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Remember, successful people are just people. If they can do it, so can you!