I recently had the honor of being mentioned in an article on the U.S. News about time management. Geoff Williams, the person who wrote the article, mentioned that I am a case study for time management. In this blog post, I decided it would be a good idea to provide my own case study.
I had to do a lot of digging to find out what resulted in my effective time management. Different to what many people think, homeschooling is not the result of my productivity. Quite contrary, I go to school and run for my track team every weekday and go out for a meet on one day of the weekend.
I notice there are some activities where I effectively manage my time. Many people see this in the form of 2 daily blog posts, 48 daily tweets, multiple books, and other forms as well. These are the activities that I like to do because I enjoy the privilege of being a teenager entrepreneur. There are other activities that I do not like to do as much, and those activities usually get held back. By choosing a business in which I enjoy working, I enjoy spending hours writing blog posts, scheduling tweets, and doing other things to grow my business as well.
Choosing to do what you love is the biggest dose of motivation you can get. After that, all you need to do is optimize that so you are more productive. Almost a year into my blogging career, I realized I was running out of ideas for blog posts. I did not want to have a day where I did not send out any blog posts, but I did not want to write a blog post just for the sake of keeping the consistency. What I decided to do is read books about my niche. This gave me more ideas for blog posts and motivation. Now I never run out of ideas for blog posts because they simply come from the fly or from a blog post or book I read. Some of my blog posts have even been inspired by videos. Roadblocks will question our faith towards who we are and what we (as an individual and/or as a business) stand for. Conquering the roadblocks will make you further love what you do which will result in you put in more work and effort.
After I was writing blog posts and scheduling tweets the way I am today, I began to realize the potential I had (and still have). That’s when I created the vision–something for me to strive for. I defined what I wanted to do instead of thinking about what I wanted to do and changing my mind over and over again. When you invest a lot of time into something, you need to have a defined result(s) that you need to achieve.
I am still putting in some tweaks to my time management plan. Reading The 12 Week Year made me realize that every week is important, and now I have certain time blocks where I work 3 hours straight. Furthermore, I keep score of how effectively I am accomplishing my goals, and as a track athlete, I know how important the score is (my team won one of our championships by 1 point). This has led to a further increase in my productivity and time management.
Doing what you love will dramatically help you to become effective at managing your time wisely. By doing what you love, you are able to push yourself out of your comfort zone without going too far from the comfort zone. This ideal push allows you to stay somewhat comfortable while putting in more work and effort. There are also more ways to get better time management as well such as by following these tips or using sticky notes.
The key to time management is being consistent. As you gradually improve your time management, you will gradually see better results. Then, one day, you will see a dramatic improvement in your results that ends up sticking around.