When people ask me what’s the most valuable resource for an entrepreneur, my answer is always time. Sure, money and connections are vital, but what you choose to dedicate your time to, that’s the real game-changer.
As a novice entrepreneur, I used to spend a lot of my time replying to emails and handling administrative tasks for my business. Over time, I started to get this nagging feeling that despite being busy, I wasn’t making the most of my time. That’s when I decided to take a long, hard look at my calendar and realized that so much of what occupied my days and weeks were tasks that didn’t bring me closer to joy or my goals.
After that, I made a conscious effort to declutter my calendar and finally reclaim my time. Now, my calendar is filled with more things that I’m passionate about like writing and traveling. If you want to reclaim your time and direct this precious resource towards things that matter to you, here’s how to do it.
Make a list. Write down your passions, goals, and aspirations. This will guide you as you curate a more intentional schedule that truly honors your time.
Look at your calendar. Identify tasks and activities scheduled in your calendar that don’t align with the passions and goals you listed earlier.
Unsubscribe and delegate. Take a look at the tasks and activities you’ve identified. Is there any way you can unsubscribe from them or delegate them to someone else? How much time does this free up for you? If you’re an entrepreneur who spends more time replying to emails and comments than creating what you love, perhaps you can consider delegating some of these tasks to a virtual assistant.
Redirect your time. Once you free up some time on your calendar, think about how you want to utilize that time. It’s important to be intentional as you curate your schedule. Fill these pockets of time with activities that can uplift your life and move you closer to your personal goals.
For more strategies to reclaim your time, check out my new book, The Elevation Approach.