183: How To Manage Your Time Strategically While Growing Your Business

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Something most of my clients tell me they struggle with is time management and always being busy.

There’s so much to do and it feels like there’s never enough time to do it. Often most of their time is spent in their business, leaving little time to spend on the things they enjoy in their personal life.

Time is something both Andrew and I are focusing on this year: how we can spend more time doing the things we want to do while continuing to grow our businesses.

Today we’ll share some of the strategies and tools we use for effective time management, and the impact they’ve had on our lifestyles.

Enjoy!

Episode Highlights

  • 7:34 Buffer days versus focus days: Austin’s approach.
  • 9:36 Andrew’s take on buffer days and buffer zones.
  • 13:36 Creating an ideal schedule that works for you.
  • 16:23 The importance of protecting your schedule once you’ve planned it out.
  • 17:19 Building milestones or keystones into your week to keep yourself on track.
  • 19:23 Andrew’s approach to setting goals, including a 100-year vision and the “One Thing.”
  • 20:10 Starting with your “One Thing” and building in the other time management frameworks to create change in your life.
  • 22:22 How giving away control of your time is like giving away control of your bank account.
  • 23:21 Learning how to say NO, or at least no-ish.
  • 26:06 What Austin does before making a decision about a requested meeting or opportunity.
  • 28:18 The benefit of estimating time for tasks and tracking how long things actually take.
  • 30:07 Using time tracking to understand time spent vs. revenue and which tasks are actually aligned with your larger financial goals.
  • 32:11 What Andrew is using as an alternative to email in order to spend less time in his inbox.
  • 33:08 Tools Austin uses to effectively manage his time.
  • 35:19 Time management tools Andrew is using.

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