The Power of Priorities: Overcome Time Bandits

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Theresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” — H. Jackson Brown

That’s a pretty powerful quote. How do some people achieve so much with their allotted time while others are struggling to find time to simply get by?

Some people call it “time management” but that’s a misnomer. After all, we can’t manage time, can we? If there is a truth, it is that time keeps moving on a consistent basis. There has always been 60 seconds to a minute, 60 minutes to an hour, and 24 hours in a day. Always has been and always will be. And it’s the same for everyone.

The difference is not how we manage our time but how we manage our priorities.

As I ask people what their time bandits are, I get consistent answers, including:

  • Interruptions—and they come from different sources, such as family and friends, peers, subordinates, supervisors, self.
  • Procrastination
  • Perfectionism
  • Tolerations—They are all those things in the back of our minds that we know we need to get around to eventually and they do slow us down. They include work related things as well as personal things.
  • Psychological time bandits, such as:
    • Unclear goals and priorities
    • Living for crisis
    • Fear of downtime
    •  Inability to say “no”
    • Fear of failure
    • Fear of success
    • Fear of disrupting the status quo
    • Fear of completion

The fact is, these time bandits have plagued us forever and now even more we seem to be running harder with a constantly increasing workload — compliance issues, much more paperwork, red tape to deal with, with a market that is in many ways harder to meet face to face.

So what is the answer? How can you manage those time bandits so that you, too, can achieve unbelievable success in your chosen field of endeavors?

I teach a 15-part system called Growth to the Nth Power that not only helps professionals grow their businesses but also helps them manage their priorities. The first 13 parts all help identify priorities or are tools to focus on what’s important:

  1. Vision — by having a well-thought-out vision, you will remain focused and doing the things that will achieve it.
  2. Mission — by focusing on your mission, you will maintain a higher sense of urgency.
  3. Passion — your passion helps you through the difficult times and helps keep you focused.
  4. Values — by defining the values in which you are not willing to compromise, you will remain steadfast with fewer tangents taken.
  5. Beliefs — By affirming your positive beliefs and working through your negative beliefs, you will be better able to consistently move forward.
  6. Personal Branding — by understanding who you are and what you do for your clients, you will find your clients easier and faster.
  7. Target Market Identification — Knowing who your target market is, what wants and needs they have and the solution you offer, your proper customer base will grow faster.
  8. S.W.O.T. — Knowing what your strengths, weaknesses, and what opportunities and threats you face will allow you to move forward aggressively.
  9. Goals — Having valid goals helps you focus on the activities that will help you achieve those goals.
  10. Planning — Proper planning helps you identify the strategies and action steps that will drive the strategies. Properly managed, you will do fewer activities that will not help you achieve your goals.
  11. Processes — Processes make sure the proper activities are being conducted at the right times.
  12. Measurement — Having a good measurement process will make sure you are doing the proper number of the right things.
  13. Accountability — Accepting accountability and having an accountability partner will help ensure you are doing the right things consistently.

In the next post, we’ll look at other tools to help us manage our priorities and get more of the important things done.

(If you’re interested in learning more about Growth to the Nth Power and the 15 steps, check out Growth to the Nth Power.)

Published on December 17th, 2014 in Blog

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  • Develop strong marketing strategies
  • Develop or improve processes that will help you take your business to the next level while maintaining or improving life balance
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  • Have a time management process that will reduce the pressure of when and how to wear all the hats required as a sales professional and small business owner
  • Be better at what you do so you will be among the high achievers
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