“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” -Michael Altshuler.
We all wear multiple hats, and as fitness entrepreneurs, we all feel pulled in a million directions at some point during our day. We feel the need to do ALL THE THINGS, then struggle to deal with the guilt of not getting it all done. Trust me, even the most organized of us struggle with having ‘enough time’ to get everything done during the day. Can we all agree that ‘enough time’ is never going to happen?
Instead of focusing on what didn’t get done, flip the script and focus on what you CAN fit in. Here are 5 time management tips for fitness business owners just like you. The first three are preparation work so that you can dive into the daily tips 4 & 5.
1. Know Your Current Goals
Before you can improve your time management skills, you have to know your current goals are for the next 3-months. You can’t “manage” time without a set of priorities. You can’t have set priorities without an end game or finish line. What are your current goals? Yes, staying alive & sane can be a goal, but I am talking more a specific goal with dedicated endings that are measurable. Yes, consistently posting on social media for 3-months can be a goal. Yes, moving up a rank in your MLM can be a goal. Whatever you decide, write them down.
2. List Out Your Tasks
On that same piece of paper or journal where you wrote your 3-month goal, create a list of all of your daily & weekly obligations, tasks, commitments, and responsibilities right now in your life. Now, create three columns and rate the level of time needed, happiness fulfillment, and goal alignment of each of the activities. Use a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the highest.
3. Ditch, Replace or Add
Ask yourself: Are your daily & weekly schedules in alignment with your goals? If your goal is to have gain 2 clients per month, but you don’t have a task focused on attaining that goal, you are never going to achieve it.
If the action that takes up the most of your time is not ranked high in your happiness fulfillment column, then it is time to ditch it. Whether that is your side hustle distributor job, moderator of a Facebook group, weekly family dinners with your sister, or room mom role at school, if it isn’t high on your happiness or goal fulfillment, make an action plan to ditch that obligation.
4. Focus Your Day
Now that you know your priorities, every morning, take 5-minutes to prioritize the three must-do actions for that day. Do those three things first. Focus on only 1 task at a time. Please do not attempt to multi-task all of them at once.
I love the Productive Planner from Intelligent Change. This book changed my morning routine as well as my daily focus. The activities in the book have helped me focus my time and efforts.
5. Celebrate What You Did
We should always practice gratitude, especially with ourselves. Once you accomplish your three prioritized tasks for the day, take a moment to thank yourself. When you start to feel that guilt creeps into your mind, make a list of what you did accomplish throughout the day. Writing it down will show you that you have done more than you think.
No, this post is not sponsored by Intelligent Change. But I love the Five Minute Journal too! This little book is quick but mighty. Need a way to focus on your success? Let this journal help you.
Be sure to thank yourself for all of the jobs well done.
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