How To Protect Your Time (No Is A Complete Sentence)

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How To Protect Your Time & Brand Value

Today I want to wrestle with a topic that many of us struggle with, including myself. The question of how to protect your time, schedule, and self worth. 

In 2020, more of us are working from home, or virtually, than ever before. Our family may also be at home, making the concept of time management, and protecting our schedules, more challenging than ever. 

Challenging, yet not impossible, if you actively focus on setting boundaries. 

Why it’s important to guard your time

You may just take on the mindset of ‘go go go – let’s get it all done’ – never stopping to take some time to breathe, and reset. I don’t advise this. Great brands are all about protecting their value, and that value becomes eroded and tired when we too freely give away our time and attention due to the lack of boundaries. 

If you’re able to implement the following strategies, you’ll find that you’re giving yourself back the time to focus on priorities, and recharge… ultimately recommitting to the tasks that might be at hand. 

Why we don’t know how to protect our time

In short, it’s a lot. Balancing your home life, your job roles, your family roles – even your friendships – can be a lot to handle, to balance. Mix in the stress and pressure that daily life throws at us, and it can feel incredibly overwhelming. 

But let’s move into some good news; you can implement some simple, effective steps to help you begin to take back control of your time, without necessarily moving mountains. It all starts with setting boundaries around your time, and doing so by defining three priorities that matter the most to you. 

To help give you an idea of what I mean by this, let me share with you my three priorities that I recently defined:

  1. Turning off my phone more often
  2. Protect my health and wellbeing  
  3. Setting time aside to learn 

Protect your time by outlining your priorities

Let’s start with looking at priority #1 from above. When I say turn off my phone, I don’t just mean silent it, or flip it screen down. It’s important that I have times throughout the week where I power it down, and completely turn it off. 

For me, not being accessible 24/7 became a priority to help protect my own time, and be able to recharge. 

Priority #2: Health & Fitness

Recently, I was able to reconnect with a previous trainer of mine, who helped me train for a competition a few years ago. Working with him again, and setting that time aside to focus on my health, has allowed me to come back to myself, while investing in myself. 

This time each week has helped me to not only feel physically stronger again, but also mentally more prepared. 

 Priority #3: Learning

Recently, I stumbled upon an old tape recorder that I used to use, many years ago. On the tapes were TONS of old teachings, music, and even mantras that I used to feed my personal growth, expanding my ability to learn and explore. 

Now, once per week or so I will pull out the old tape recorder, and listen for some inspiration. This time helps to shift me back into the mindset of continuing to focus on learning, and challenging my brain, so that I’m not stagnant. 

How to defend your own time

The above are just examples that have worked for me, and helped me take back some of my time, and reset when needed. Your list of priorities might look completely different, and that’s OK!

Everyone has different ways to set boundaries. But the key is identifying what those priorities first are, and then implementing ways to put them into motion. Ultimately, this will help you to protect your brand value, and protect your time. 

Don’t forget: No is a complete sentence. 

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Keys To Time Management: The Power To Choose

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Keys To Time Management: The Power To Choose

I think we can all agree that this year has presented significant challenges.

Yet something that hasn’t been discussed quite as frequently are the conflicting challenges that come from being home-bound more often than normal.  Whether it’s work, family, homeschooling, errands… the list goes on. The responsibilities are endless, and often overlapping. So, how do you prioritize them all?

Keys To Time Management: How To Prioritize

Believe me, I get it. More often than not my to-do list can feel overwhelming, and I’m just not sure where to start. And when I find myself in that position, I pause to remind myself of the power of choice. 

Repeat after me: We have the freedom to choose. 

You are in full control of how you choose to react and respond to tasks, situations, and events that are thrown your way. And that is a powerful reminder to yourself of when it comes to your time management techniques. 

How To Manage Time Wisely

It’s easier said than done for me to just tell you, ‘Choose your time wisely.’

Yet when you mindfully step back and look at what really matters across your life, time management through the power of choice starts to become more clear. 

Time Management is ultimately assessing what matters. 

Specific categories to look at are:

  • Who matters the most?
  • How can we bring loved ones into our daily tasks and priorities?
  • What do we need to do differently?
  • How can we stay true to who we really are?

And the last big one… what do we need to say no to?

Keys to time management: evaluate your time

I want you to take a few minutes to honestly ask yourself the above questions. Write them down, if that helps. From there, you can start to make better choices around time management, through the prioritization across your life.

Assess what matters. Ditch what doesn’t, or change what you can do differently. From there, you will begin to take back control and power that you have with the freedom to choose. 

I’m going to leave you with a quote from a powerful book called Essentialism

“Our highest priority is to protect our ability to prioritize.”

– Greg McKeown

Protect your freedom to choose, and prioritize. You’ll thank yourself in the long run.

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