Your time plan is your key to time success.
Why do I say that? Well, earlier this week we took a look at time leaks and at some of the ways that distractions derail you.
Social networking activities are a great example of this. If you’re a solopreneur or small business owner, your presence on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other sites may be very important for your business success.
But these sites can also easily turn into ‘rabbit holes’ where huge chunks of your time disappear.
So that’s where your boundaries come in. Setting a clear time boundary before you click the link and open Twitter or Facebook allows you to do what you need to there AND stick to your time plan.
Each day, I work to find time for:
- Writing my blog and e-zine,
- Developing new products,
- Maintaining and expanding my on-line connections; and
- Running my coaching practice.
This involves creating a daily time plan. And as I think about this planning process, I am reminded of the big differences between making reactive and proactive time choices.
Your Time Plan and Your Time Choices
Your time plan provides you with a frame for making the hundreds of time choices that we all must make each and every day. And your time choices, in turn, define the path you follow as your day unfolds.
Are your time choices reactive?
If your choices around time are situational, they are reactive. And if you’re acting from a reactive place it’s nearly impossible to establish a plan and stick to it. Your choices will change every time your situation does.
Or are they proactive?
In contrast, when you make proactive time choices, you don’t let situational demands overrule your priorities. You decide what you need to do, and then you do it.
Flexible or rigid? Find your sweet spot.
Of course our lives and our daily time choices aren’t laid out as clearly as that. There’s got to be a way to be flexible and responsive without being reactive. Conversely, there’s got to be a way to stay on track without being too rigid.
So I suggest that you think of your time plan as your guide. Each of your time choices, then, is where you implement or tweak your time plan. Life doesn’t always go as planned, but you have opportunities, throughout your day, to adjust your choices so that you take into account your plan AND your changing circumstances.
It’s an ever-evolving process, and the more conscious you are of each step, the more you’ll learn about yourself and your choices.
And here’s something to help with those Daily Time Choices:
Time is pure potential. You decide how to use it; and once you do, it’s gone. That’s why it’s so important to build on your best time choices.
If you feel like your time slips through your fingers, then you’ll want to claim your copy of my complimentary “Daily Choices Template: Proven Strategies for Tracking Your Best Time Choices Today, Tomorrow & All Year!” There’s no time like the present – to start moving toward the future you envision for yourself.