Can we just take a moment to appreciate how time seems to fly by so quickly? It’s like we blink, and another day, week, or month has passed. 

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I catch myself thinking, “If only I had more time, I could… [fill in the blank with aaaaall the things I wish I had time to get to]!” 

Let me tell you a little secret I’ve discovered on my journey since experiencing burnout in 2012. 

It’s not about finding more time; it’s about how we’re viewing (and appreciating) the time we already have. 

Now, don’t get me wrong; I love a good time management tool as much as the next gal! 

I mean, who hasn’t Googled something to the effect of “how can I manage my time more effectively”!? 

Well actually, I’ve  googled this exact phrase over the last 2 years as a little experiment. And the number of search results that have come back has increased by over 2 billion! Yep, in November 2021 there were only 514M results compared to 2.7 billion search results just last week. 

It’s insane how many resources are out there when it comes to tips, tricks and frameworks to help manage your time! Overwhelm much? 

And guess what? Despite all those tools available at our fingertips, business owners are still feeling overwhelmed and stuck on Juggle Street.

What’s the missing piece to this time management puzzle? 

The way we view time and the choices we make about where we spend our time can truly make or break our productivity. 

Think about it – we all have the same 24 hours in a day. So why are some people total rockstars at this and others suck? 

Well, it comes down to the choices they make around their time, and owning these choices, that sets them apart.

A part of the problem is falling into the trap of letting everyone else demand a piece of you, always being available to solve every problem. Sound familiar? 

But here’s the thing – it’s not about being everything to everyone; it’s about being intentional with your time and setting boundaries.

If you notice you’re saying, “I have to…” or “I must…” you’re giving away your power and neglecting yourself. 

And you’re probably not facing the truth that you are choosing where you spend your time.

Here’s where the magic happens. 

When you shift your language, mindset and realise that you do have a choice, a whole new world of possibilities opens up. 

Sure, there might be things you want to say yes to, but sometimes, you have to say no or not right now to create space for what truly matters the most to you. 

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I know it’s not always easy to make this shift, especially when life gets busy and you feel a sense of responsibility to those around you. Not to mention when FOMO gets in the way. 

Gimme the practical steps I can take?

  • Start by reflecting on your language, are you noticing the words or the feelings of “I must” or “I have to”. It’s a feeling as though you don’t have a choice and are being forced into where you’re spending your time. 
  • Notice any “yeah but, but, but” statements coming up as you do this?
  • If you resonate with the above points, it’s time to own your choices and embrace the discomfort that comes with it. Remember, you’re not alone – many of us face this struggle. Have a listen to the part 1 podcast ep we recorded on this listed below, it will help!
  • Practice makes progress. Why not choose one boundary you can set for yourself around getting a little time back for yourself, maybe for some self-care. Start small, even start micro if you have to! 
  • All of this will help you drop the “I have to” and embrace the “I choose to” attitude. 

As busy business women, we wear many hats, but let’s not forget to wear the self-care hat too. 

It might take some practice, but you’ll find that when you’re intentional with your time and make room for what truly matters, you’ll be amazed at how much you can achieve without feeling overwhelmed.

Here’s two podcast eps we recorded that will help you do just this:

Part 1: The truth is, you don’t need another time management tool!

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Part 2: Feel like time is slipping away? Discover where your time is really going.

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You’ve got this, and we’re here cheering you on every step of the way. Keep slaying, superstar!

With an instinctive curiosity for human behaviour, over 20 years of experience in sales and leadership, Nicky and Ness are obsessed with helping women in business break the cycles that hold them back from creating profitable businesses they love, without sacrificing time or life. 

Each having run their own successful coaching businesses for 7 years, they came together to start Business Together working with female led, service-based businesses with teams.

Their clients have often experienced rapid growth not being able to keep up with the systems, structures, and team growth. As a result the business owner gets stuck in the busy trap, they’re juggling all the balls in business and find themselves in a place of business chaos. 

If this sounds like you, book a complimentary chat with Nicky and Ness to see if they can help you find time freedom again, get peak performance within the team and have a focus on smart growth in the business.

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