Time. It can be your best friend or it can be your worst enemy, it’s all a matter of how you look at it.I’ve often found myself struggling to find the time to get things, both professional and personal, done. At some point or another, we’ve all said to ourselves “if only there was more time in a day.” Well, I have some good news for you, sadly it’s not that I’ve found a way to magically add more hours to our days, but I have implemented the idea of time blocking into my personal and professional life and guess what?! IT REALLY WORKS!!
I recently listened to a lecture about turmoil in life. We all have it. We all hate it.
The person giving the lecture walked into the room with a glass of water. He proceeded to shake the water in a circular motion within the glass explaining that this is how most of us feel - how most of our brains are functioning right now. Constantly thinking…constantly juggling a million priorities…. constantly adding to our lengthy list of what’s next and all of the things we have to do to get there.
This constant stress can be felt both personally and professionally. “I’m one big sale from stability in my life” OR “I just need help in these areas to achieve my goals” OR “If my children would only listen to THIS, things would be so much easier!”.
As an entrepreneur, you’re at a higher risk of burnout than almost any other group, especially as a solopreneur. Studies have shown that burnout in entrepreneurs is more likely to show up in the body than in the job.
Jade Barclay, a psychotherapist who recently completed her MBA Thesis on Entrepreneurial Burnout said in an interview “There were a whole raft of cognitive symptoms that would show up, so just not being able to focus and things like that, brain fog, that kind of thing. A lot of people actually had body symptoms. It was common to have people say, "My body just completely shut down. I couldn't work anymore."
So how do you prevent this all too common occurrence? We’ve found 4 helpful tips to help you avoid burnout.
Time Blocking Strategy
Contributed by our Team Member, Beth H.
You know the what and the how, but do you know the when?
Like most professionals, you’re probably a planner. You have your “to do” lists and your carefully laid out directions on what to do and how to do it. But do you plan when to do those things? If not, you may often find yourself jumping from task to task, maybe feeling a little overwhelmed by your “to do” lists and not getting as much accomplished in a day as you’d originally intended. Have no fear, time blocking is here to help! Elon Musk does it, so does Bill Gates, you’ll be in good company!
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As an entrepreneur, your time is money. Developing strategies to become more intentional with how that time is spent creates the space for success. Time blocking is an easy technique to implement with a bit of planning and alot of self-discipline! Here’s what we advise clients to do: