Compartmentalizing Time

After our mastermind group coaching call earlier this week on Wednesday I was thinking about the name that many people refer to regarding the halfway mark of the week. They call it Hump Day. The Urban Dictionary, which is entertaining in its own right, defines Hump Day as “the middle of a work week (Wednesday); used in the context of climbing a proverbial hill to get through a tough week.

Please take a moment and think about how much is wrong with this type of thinking. This is our lives we’re talking about. Every minute we have on this planet is something we should be doing our best to learn from, grow from, and enjoy! What type of energy does a thought process that says each week is about “Climbing a proverbial hill to get through a tough week.”
Really? What about the rest of our time?

What if you began compartmentalizing your time a little bit more? Instead of looking to Hump Day to begin a hopeful slide to the weekend, what if you began allocating your time more effectively to maximize your results?

As top business leaders, our time is never protected. We multi-task all day long whether it serves us effectively or not. We wear many hats that serve many roles and we must be constantly evolving and working to stay in front of the team. The reality is that you cannot be effective without gaining focus in your roles and tasks.
Let’s do an exercise: Go back through the entire week of planning, scheduling, appointments, tasks, etc. from the beginning of the week. As you explore from an objective point of view how you spent your time, keep your eyes focused on areas you could have grouped together more effectively. Could you have lumped a few tasks from a few days into just a few hours in one day and get ‘like-tasked’ things done all at the same time?

What about delegation? Look at your entire week and search for certain things you did that you might have done out of habit, or are things that really should be done by someone else. You have a unique set of strengths that help you in progressing the business forward, but you are also probably doing a lot of things that are not the best use of your time from a business ROI standpoint.
It’s very common for small business leaders to have a real challenge when it comes to time management. Part of this is due to the fact that they don’t create schedules that have flow and efficiency built in, as well as allowing for real down time.

We all need to recharge in order to be the most effective we can be. Many small business owners and managers never really “turn it off” and give themselves enough space to really decompress and tap into their creative energy. Begin compartmentalizing your time and see how much more efficient you can be.

My very best,


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