Ask Joe: How can I manage my time better? | POP 839

Ask Joe: How can I manage my time better? | POP 839

Have you committed to doing some things differently? What do you want to do with your time? How can you handle your time efficiently both in your personal and professional life?

In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks about how you can manage your time better.

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In This Podcast

  • Look at your personal goals
  • Observe your income needs
  • Block out time
  • Allocate time and commit to your workday

Look at your personal goals

What do you want to accomplish, and what do you want to achieve?

Are there any things that you would like to work on changing, or doing differently?

Consider the life that you want to live, write it down, and then work backward. What do you need to do to bring this life to fruition?

Break down each step into an actionable thing that you can do once a day throughout the upcoming weeks and months.

Observe your income needs

Again, work backward. What is the amount that you need to bring into your practice monthly?

Work that down into how much you need to charge per session, and how many sessions you need to do per week to bring in that amount of income.

Knowing the numbers of what you need to bring in … we want to know that before we start looking at your time because if you allocate time for your practice but you don’t know why you’re doing it, it’s a lot harder [to do the work].

Joe Sanok

Block out time

Schedule time for work and personal obligations and commitments, as well as time to pursue those personal goals too.

Block out that time and decide [what your] hard boundaries and your soft boundaries [are].

Joe Sanok

Identify your hard and soft boundaries. What are you willing to change on exception, and what is fluid?

Set these out for yourself and enforce them – with yourself and others! – so that you can build self-trust and know that your time is valuable and should be respected.

Allocate time and commit to your workday

Use your hard boundary skills to be clear on what you are doing, and then commit to doing it!

Practice your self-discipline and work to show up and do what you say you will do when you are doing it.

When you put things in your calendar, follow them. 

So now, what we’ve done is we’ve created a basic simple organization where we understand what our personal goals are, we understand our business goals, and how much money we need to bring in … [and] we then have started to block out that personal time so that we save ourselves from ourselves … but I don’t want you to work all the time because your brain is going to be more effective if it has that time to slow down.

Joe Sanok

Books mentioned in this episode:

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Meet Joe Sanok

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