How many of us would LOVE to make more money in less time?
Do you ever feel like you have too many irons in the fire?
Would you like more time with their family without the worry of running out of money?
Here are four simple ideas to making more money (or getting more done) in less time.
- Know what you want
- Make a “do not” list
- Schedule your life around your work (not the other way around)
Know what you want
The first thing we need to remember in getting more done in less time is that clarity is key! Too often, we wander through life without any clear intention. We usually know more of what we don’t want than what we actually want. Business consultant, Rick Sapio says:
“Absent clear values and specific objectives, you have no ability to differentiate between opportunity and distraction.”
In other words, without clear rules to live by or goals, you will never know when something is an opportunity or a distraction. What I’ve seen is the more clear we are of where we’re going, the more confidently and quickly we get there. Just like driving a car in unfamiliar territory, we’ll drive slowly, and somtimes, erratically, on the way there. Get clear where you’re going, and then make plans.
Ann Webb has an effective program called Ideal Life Vision that you should check out to help with this. It has done wonders for me!
Make a “Do-Not” List
Some of us have “to do” lists that look like Santa Claus’ naughty or nice lists. They’re impossible to accomplish in one day or a short period of time! For those of you with that strength (and challenge), instead of a “to do” list, make a “do not” list, and pick just a few main tasks that if you achieved, you’d consider the day a success. Keep it simple! As Leonardo Da Vinci says, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
If there are activities you need to get rid of, either stop doing it altogether or delegate/hire the tasks to someone else. You’ll be so much happier for it and richer too because you’ll be doing the important activities that pay you the most!
Schedule Your Life Around Your Work (Not the Other Way Around)
Have you ever scheduled all of your work and tasks for the week and then realized there’s no time for the other important things, like your family? Yep, me too!
Instead, schedule your most important things – family, time for self, spiritual development, etc. – and then schedule in your work. Schedule weekends or time with loved ones first, then put in your work activities. You’ll still make just as much money but now you can at least enjoy it while you can too. It’s less about what you accomplish and more about how happy you are and who you serve along the way. Quality of life is much more important than quantity of stuff!
As Mr. Miyagi says in his cool, Japanese/Hawaiian accent in The Karate Kid, “Breathe in, breath out. Very important; Don’t forget!”
Have you ever lost something, like your car keys, ran around frantically trying to find them, but could not find them until you took a break, relaxed, and found out it was right there the whole time? That happens to us with our time and money as well. Sometimes we get so worked up that we waste tons of time on worry. It’s more productive to slow down, get your bearings, and then move forward. You’ll get more done in less time.