How to Manage Your Time - How do Other Successful Women Do It?
The majority of people find their source of inspiration rooted in their mothers. After all, women are indeed capable of a lot of things. “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” - Margaret Thatcher (1925–2013), first female prime minister of the United Kingdom.
The image of a woman has evolved into someone who is strong, ambitious, creative, powerful, and driven. In our age, a lot of women have been making the headlines; from the music industry to television personalities, to business, and even in politics. To name a few, Kylie Jenner, an American media personality and owner of Kylie Cosmetics company became the youngest self-made billionaire at age 21 according to Forbes. Kamala Harris is the first female African American-Asian American Vice President in the United States of America. Billie Eilish, an American singer, garnered seven Grammy wins at the age of 19. These are only a few of the many women with strong success stories on being their own bosses.
That leads us to question “How and what did they do to get on their shoes today?”. I’m sure we’ll all agree that aside from working smartly with laser focus ambition, success requires the proper management of one’s self and time.
So how does a successful woman manage her time?
Successful women are busy bees who practice time management skills. However, they too sometimes cannot avoid delaying a task. But for them to delay does not mean “not ever” doing it, it simply means “not right now”. This is where weighing the tasks at hand comes to play. You need to evaluate every task on how much time you need to exert for it to be done. Some tasks demand more time on doing it hence, the need to delay some things. List all those deferred tasks and at the end of the day or week, you can use this next method on what to do with your list.
Many productivity consultants recommend seeing this in the perspective of the Pareto Principle also known as “The 80/20 Rule”, which states 80% of the results come from 20% of causes or activities. This means to properly manage your time you don’t have to be “Ms. do it all”, instead you should weigh all the tasks at hand and drop the less important tasks. This will give you a chance to focus on the more important ones better. With the list you have from your deferred tasks, you can now decide whether to drop/delete it or find the right time to do those delayed tasks.
With the delayed or retained tasks at hand, well you simply need to just do it. Being committed to doing what you need to do is the key, find the time! Also, always remember that multitasking is the enemy of effective time management.
Last but definitely not the least, the secret weapon that most successful women do is…
Delegation is the best weapon a person can leverage on. If you're new to delegation, you might find it disconcerting when the results are somewhat different than when you complete the work yourself. That doesn't mean you should stop delegating! To delegate effectively, create a playbook breaking down a project or task step-by-step, then detail what the preferred outcome would look like.
That way, the result is less dependent on the person completing the tasks and more on the quality of your checklist. With that being said, smaller tasks you want to delegate don't necessarily need a checklist.
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