National Time Management Month comes around every February. I am not worried though because I am writing this in November. The stress of not being able to get this article written in time does not exist because I am writing it three months early. I have to admit that this is not always the case. Self-employment tends to give you the freedom of being your own boss but that also means that weeks can go by without you realizing it. Often deadlines and tasks are pushed aside because a fire crops up, maybe two or three that you need to deal with. Next thing you know your well laid plan is now dismantled for the day. You think you can get to that tomorrow, and maybe you can, but tomorrow brings more fires. Each fire means that you are now that much further behind.
Trust me. Time management is easier said than done but it does not mean you cannot try to wrangle in the craziness and keep yourself on track. Every battle needs to be dealt with as quickly and efficiently as possible. However, that does not mean that you need to deal with everything yourself. Delegating tasks can help you achieve maximum results in a shorter amount of time. If it is just you doing everything from start to finish everyday it may make sense to subcontract some work out. Look at everything that you do daily and start tallying up the time. What do you hate to do? What takes you the most time? What do you avoid and push back without batting an eye? These are the things that are killing your time management. Once you figure these out then you can make a decision on how best to deal with your time killers. Working much more efficiently will reduce your stress, get you better results and allow you to sleep better at night.