6 ways to avoid the time thieves

by Sage Business Expert Julie Hall, Women Unlimited (www.women-unlimited.co.uk )

Getting stuff done is hard.  Saying no is hard.  But, having no money in the bank – that’s REALLY hard!

Deciding that you are going to take control of your time is the one thing that you can do to increase your productivity by 20%, 50% even 100%.   I’m not a planner, I never have been.  I find it really hard to write action plans and outlines.  But I know this – when I do… magic happens.  All of a sudden things get done.  Procrastination stops (ok, not entirely, but mostly…) and I accomplish 2-3 times more in a day/week/month than I do with out one.


Last week for my FAST action plan workshop, I put together the 6 things that I think really makes a difference to getting stuff done and thought I would share them with you here.

1. The Law of Three

I wish I could take credit for this, but it is all Brian Tracey’s idea.  According to Brian, the Law of Three states that there are only three things that you do each day that account for 90% of the value of everything that you do. There are only three things that account for 90% of your income, your sales, your success and your future.

What are the three things that you should be spending all your time on?

2. Plan before you begin

It it is proven that if you create plan of action before you start, your chances of success increase exponentially.  The reason for this is that it allows you to see the pitfalls before you begin plus it gives your activities focus.

3. Always work from a list

If it’s not on the list, it doesn’t get done.  When a new idea crosses your mind, add it to your list.   A list forces you to track where and how you are spending your time and will definitely make you more productive.  Top Tip: Do your to do list the day before as this gives your subconscious an opportunity to work on the stuff it needs to while you sleep.

4. Chunk your time

Time chunking is a massive time saver – but you HAVE to be rigorous about it.  Protect your time with your life and don’t let anyone steal it from you. Putting together activities into chunks of time, will allow you to build momentum and clear your work faster.

5. The power of No

Learn to say no.  If you allow other people to steal your time from you, you are doing yourself and your business a disservice.  The more time you spend doing things for other people, the less time you have to spend on your own stuff.  I know it can be hard, and you feel guilty, but if you want to create more success in your business, you have to put your business first.

6. Set deadlines

And commit to them!  It’s no good setting a deadline if you are going to watch it come and go without taking any action.  Make the deadline real.  Make it matter.  Give yourself a consequence for not completing the task (or a prize, but honestly, pain tends to more of a motivator than pleasure).

Decide that your time is valuable

If you follow these simple time management strategies, you will achieve 90% more than the rest of the population.  The time thieves will lose all their power over you AND you will be much more productive as a result.

Julie Hall, Women Unlimited

Julie Hall founded Women Unlimited in 2008 and has built it into a unique, thriving community designed for female entrepreneurs who are either exploring the idea of a start-up, running a micro-biz or wanting to take their existing business to the next level. Its purpose is to inspire, motivate and educate its members for success, regardless of the economic backdrop they operate within.