Wimbledon is up there with my highlights of the year.
For a couple of weeks each year, the country becomes obsessed with tennis and every local park is filled with people giving it a go for the first time.
I was a tennis coach for a long time, and I’ve spent SO much of my life watching, playing, and talking about tennis and sport in general.
Last year, I barely watched any of it, though.
I had a lot going on in my life and I decided to be more selective about what I watched and when – and it made a big difference.
I’m the sort of person who would be walking through the park and end up sitting down and watching a Sunday league football or cricket match for an hour.
But being more selective and prioritising my time is something I’ve been putting into practice in the last year.
Time Is A Priceless Commodity
It’s a conversation I’ve had with Locker Room members a lot lately, too.
There’s a temptation to want to do EVERYTHING when it comes to running a business – I know exactly how that goes.
Because when you first start out, that’s how it is – it’s you against the world.
But if that’s still the case further down the line, you can end up in the trap of running your business, not managing it.
The general rule there is that if the business stops when you’re not there, you’re running it.
It’s about finding a balance, which might mean finding the time to do more of the stuff you enjoy.
And when you’ve got more time, you can focus on finding the clarity you need to move forwards.
1440 Minutes Each And Every Day
We all have the same 1440 minutes every day – no exceptions. And sure, we’ve all got responsibilities and commitments.
But the reality is that how you spend those 1440 minutes is YOUR choice and once they’re gone, you can’t get them back.
You know that feeling when you’ve watched a film that turned out to be a load of crap? It’s because you can’t get the time back.
Now, you can’t manage time.
What you can do is manage yourself and HOW you spend that time.
And it starts by asking yourself two simple questions every day:
- What could I do with my time that will bring the greatest benefit to my business?
- And what’s going to stop me?
The answer to the first question is probably to stop procrastinating about the things you should be getting done…
And the answer to the second is probably the things that are getting in the way of you doing the first.
Once you’ve got the hang of that, it’s time to question the long term and start structuring your days, weeks, and months in advance with that knowledge.
If this resonates with you, we should have a chat about how we can help – let’s have a conversation.