In my own recent coaching session, my coach Louise and I, were discussing challenges I’d been having trying to manage multiple projects which had meant that some things (like writing articles) weren’t getting done.
It can become stressful, when there are many, many things that you could be doing and are not sure where to start. It can become overwhelming. As a result, we can waste time putting things off or trying to decide; time that we could be using actually getting things done.
We’re encouraged to do things quickly and several things at once. And technology means that we have more interruptions from email, text, What’s App, that prompt us to react to all the things happening around us. We can become distracted and end up doing things when they suddenly become urgent. Whilst some pressure can be motivating, too much can be mentally and physically exhausting. We begin to miss things or make mistakes.
During our conversation, Louise reminded me that I’ve often spoken about time as being like money. You choose how to spend both.
It may have been through my accounting training, that I know the importance of good financial management. This is now especially important with our Foundation projects – our scholarships, mentoring programme, cycling club and field centre. Like any organisation, we have a limited amount of money and we need to decide how best to use these funds. How much do we spend and on which projects?
Since we also spend our time in the same way, then why not take a similar approach to managing the amount of time we have available?
Louise encouraged me to test this out, so I’ve recently done a ‘time budget’ myself which is helping me decide how I want to spend my time, so that I get the things done that I want to.
Treat your time as a valuable resource (just like you would with your money). I’d even say it’s even more important. There are many things we can do without money, but everything takes time. And if we’re short of money we may be able to earn more, but how do we make more time? We can use other people’s time (if they offer to help or we buy their time), but otherwise whatever we do, we’ll all have 24 hours in the day, today, tomorrow and the day after. It’s therefore our choice how we choose to spend that time.
This was a valuable reminder as it prompted me to do a “time budget”. And it shows the value of coaching. My coach, Louise, enabled me to understand the challenges that I’d been facing trying to manage many different projects and my concerns that I wasn’t getting everything done.
And as far as I can tell, we only get our time once. So make the most of it – use it wisely.