It’s time for time management. It’s time to take back your time.
This will be difficult at first. Initially your team and clients will be hammering at your door: “We need this! We need that! This is urgent! That is urgent!”
However, with structure, discipline, and focus, it will become easier, and everyone around you will comply.
Time blocking Is time management
Plan out your day, week, and month. Prioritise what is important to you and make it happen.
Time blocking is a great way to do this. For example, we all know those important tasks that get put on the back burner when our days and weeks roll into one and our lives spiral out of control.
Learning to manage your time gives you the upper hand, slows down time, and gets your time power back.
How does it work in practice?
Start by time blocking your emails and calls first up in the morning and last up in the afternoon. Don’t be tempted by that ringing phone or those email alerts that are popping up on your screen. It’s your time to do with it what you want, and it’s precious. Once it's gone, you don’t get it back, so use it wisely.
Block out at least four hours to go into your zone, whether it be lock down for your work or prospecting to build your business. It’s what you need to do. This is non-negotiable. Stop procrastinating and making excuses for the interruptions — you’re allowing it.
Interruptions from phones, emails, and team members are non-negotiable in the “your time” space. As soon as you cave, your day will spiral out of control.
Getting more done
Surprisingly, this time-blocking method actually gives you way more power and control over your day. It helps you to breathe easy and gets those all-important things done that seem to get postponed or not done.
If you’re not already doing this, try it. You might just surprise yourself.
Write a list at the start of each day of the things that must be done, non negotiable and stick to the list. You must have this complete discipline in order to have success with this technique. If you stick to the time blocking, work through your list you will actually create more time. Sounds weird but this method slows down time and you control it not it controlling you.
Take your time back, be in control, be the master of time and you will work harder, faster and smarter than you ever have before.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Loretta Morgan has over 17 years' experience in the property industry, ranging from managing residential real estate to major commercial and industrial portfolios for private and institutional investors.
Loretta was a finalist in the 2011 REIQ Awards for Excellence - Commercial Property Manager of the Year category and also a finalist in the 2013 REIQ Awards for Excellence - Residential Property Manager of the Year. This year, Loretta was a finalist in the Sunshine Coast Business Women's Network - Young Business Woman of the Year, regional finalist in the Australian Institute of Management Excellence Awards and finalist in the Sunshine Coast Business Awards.
Loretta is also a member of the REIQ, Young Industry Professionals Advisory Panel.