This weekend, my fiancé, Gregg, and I went to see the movie “Central Intelligence,” starring, my favorite comedian, Kevin Hart, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
In the movie, Dwayne Johnson’s character was obese and, over the course of 20 years, he shed all of his weight and became an incredibly muscular man. Upon reuniting with Dwayne’s character – the two hadn’t seen each other in 20 years – Kevin Hart asks how Dwayne achieved his success and his response was, “Oh it was nothing: I just worked out 6 hours a day for 20 years – anyone can do that!”
While everyone in the movie laughed at the joke, viewing it as hyperbole, The Rock has always made fitness a priority in his life. In fact, it is well known that he was late to his University of Miami draft because he was committed to finishing his workout, which he did every day!
The point of this article is not to talk about The Rock and his workout routine but to use his dedication to his workout routine as a reminder that:
Appointments we make with ourselves are just as important as appointments we make with others.
As entrepreneurs, we frequently allow ourselves to sacrifice our “me time” or “family time” for our work, leading us to feel overwhelmed and unhappy.
Like many of our clients, I have faced the challenge of choosing between my personal appointments and my work and here are a few tips I learned from time management experts that helped me achieve my personal and my professional goals:
One of the reasons I love working in the answering service is that we take telephones away from our clients so they can shave hours off of their days and do things that they love. Delegating tasks that are hampering your success to experts who love to do them can help you grow your business and find more time for appointments with yourself.
- Master your calendar
Calendaring everything as an appointment helps keep you focused on what you are supposed to do in your day. Dawn Lyons, Executive Director of BNI SF Bay and President of the Referral Institute, calendars everything down to breakfast! And, she calendars most of her activities a year in advance. Taking the time to calendar can help keep you on track to achieving your professional and personal goals.
Make sure that the time that you are spending on your activities is productive. Allowing your phone, e-mail, or other people distract you will prevent you from fulfilling the task at hand. It is best to shut your door, turn off all of your devices, and focus on successfully completing whatever is in front of you.
- “Me Time” during times that aren’t distracting:
Do you notice that you have fewer interruptions during certain times of the day? That may be the time to schedule your “me” time. While interruptions are possible, they are less likely and you will be able to enjoy your time in peace.
If all of this sounds very overwhelming to you and you would like more time to make appointments for yourself, you may want to enlist the services of a business consultant who specializes in time management, like Susan Tollefson.
Susan owns Inside Out Business Systems and she can come to your office and perform an Efficiency Evaluation of your systems. If you would like more help, she can offer one on one coaching to help you achieve your goals.
Make sure you’re getting your time back! Maybe you could be the next [business version of] The Rock.