Did I mention I’m doing Todd Herman’s 90 Day Year program? Holy smokes, it’s completely revolutionizing how I use my precious time, what I work on and how. The biggest impact on me right now is actually due to a really small thing.
 
It’s the use of TIMERS for every dang thing I do. And then it’s really looking at the end of each day at how I spent my hours and what that really means for me and for my business. Oh, my goodness, this shizz is GOOD.
 
And it’s all happening at an ideal time – just as I polish the content for my upcoming Master Class on balancing your very own Hustle to Chill Ratio. In which OWNING YOUR SCHEDULE is essential thing #2. [Register for the webinar right here, yo.]
 
When I got back from vacation [file under: funk], I basically felt like I started my personal little engine and ran smack into a closed door. 

Which can happen when your too-long ambitions abruptly meet your too-short hours.

What I suddenly realized after having two weeks of NOTHING to do but read books, play cards, get to Happy Hour on time, think and write on my own schedule, is that um, that strategy no longer worked. Instead I felt worn out by never being able to get through my To Do list on a given day, feeling like there were just not enough minutes to get it all done. ‘Cause, truth: there weren’t.

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What I suddenly realized after having two weeks of NOTHING to do but read books, play cards, get to Happy Hour on time, think and write on my own schedule, is that um, that strategy no longer worked. Instead I felt worn out by never being able to get through my To Do list on a given day, feeling like there were just not enough minutes to get it all done. ‘Cause, truth: there weren’t.
 
Enter 90DY and Todd’s discipline around time, around really assigning a value to our time. And to no longer spending time on $10 tasks when $10,000 tasks are gathering dust. AMEN, my brother.

So I started setting timers on e.very.thing.

Like, checking email for example. YEAH, that. Email can eat you alive if you let it. If I let it. I can spend hours and hours just cleaning up email, heading for that shimmering oasis of Inbox Zero, responding to emails as they come in. Which I realize now: hogwash. Say it with me now: Inbox Zero is bullshit. We broke up. Email now happens for a limited time -- maybe an hour start of day, to check, sort, delete, respond to client requests, delegate, then a 30-minute refresh in the afternoon.
 
Also, scrolling social media. Now you KNOW I love me some Facebook and Instagram endless strolling. But them days are over. I now get to do it for 15 minutes max, maybe twice a day, or when I’m officially off the work-clock. Note: creating marketing content to post is also suspect, and gets tracked ruthlessly.
 
Plus, certain aspects of client work. I now block time on my calendar to devote to the quiet work of analyzing client financials. That looks like one whole day to get financials done and out for these 6 clients. Which translates into a 60-minute timer on a particular client’s numbers, to make sure the reports are accurate & clear, get them out. Once the timer goes off, I’m done. I send the reports in the state they’re in, knowing that we can refine further as we go. Done. Perfection? Broke up with that, too.
 
And timers on bigger objectives, especially. You know that feeling like, damn, I spent my whole day working but didn’t get anything accomplished on my bigger goal (that course you want to write, that webinar you want to draft, that sales funnel)? Time for that work is now getting blocked into my calendar, as well, and executed using a timer. Boom.
 
BONUS: now I know because I can see it that I have way more on my plate that I can do by myself. Which makes it a whole lot straightforward to delegate off those $10 tasks to a qualified assistant.

Are you actually CHOOSING your USING?

We have all of these tools at our disposal: our calendars, our watches, our phones. Use what you have to make sure you OWN your time, that you’re using it for biggest impact, that you’re actually CHOOSING that USING. Block your time, set reminders, use timers. Do what matters most. Delegate the rest.
 
To the little unassuming timer on my iPhone, thank you for making my life and work so much saner, clearer, fulfilling. 2018’s off to a great start!
 
Xo

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