What’s worth doing, and what’s not?
Said another way, what’s worth your time and what’s not?
It was a thought that came out of my August sabbatical, a self-imposed work break I gave myself this year. It was an element of my thinking about and through what I wanted to continue to work on, once August was done.
Taking a critical look at your time, indeed critiquing where and what you invest your time in is a wise way to look at your way forward.
For example: Does spending half an hour on Facebook or Twitter help get you to where you think you want to be? Is there someone else better suited to do so for you? Do you need to really participate in these formats at all?
As you look at your marketing efforts, goals, endeavors, and choices, I’d encourage you to literally sit back and get critical about your time. Everyone has the same 24/7/365. The lame and tired excuse of “I don’t have time” is a lie. Yes, you do. You have the same amount as I do – you simply get to decide where you spend it.
The way I’m getting a better grip on my time is low tech and effective for me:
- Printing off monthly calendar sheets, one full year out.
- Creating a list of where I want to spend and invest my time; all the various activities I want to include.
- Plugging and planning these things in as it creates new grooves for me to accomplish, parse out and look forward to – avoiding the balled up and crammed feeling we can create for ourselves.
- Adjusting as needed, though with serious consideration and not willy nilly just because.
- Use a pencil (if you want a few, I can send you some of mine – email me…)
Full days go with the territory of having your own business, being in business, and being vested in your vocation. I choose to look at my time as my most valuable commodity and therefore am selfish about it. It’s up to me to manage it, know what it’s worth and therefore map it out before me. I sholder all the credit and the blame for my movements.
Try it: map out your months, list what’s important to you, and plug it all in. Stretch the exercise in a larger range – meaning, don’t even try to fit it all in a week cycle – that’s torture and ridiculous. Find the best patterns of your tasks as they fit with your life, obligations and goals.
I’ve come out the other side of my sabbatical feeling more relaxed and focused. There’s still much for me to sort out and always will be. The point is to give yourself the time to simply think about you and where you’re headed. A big thank you to my coach Mike for encouraging the idea. I may do it annually, or a week at a time every quarter.
What’s worth doing should make you happy and be fruitful.