Show Notes: How to Manage Your Time and Get More Done

November 9, 2020

Watch the full video from Chris Do and The Futur here.

One of the most sought after pieces of advice in the self-development world is how to manage your time. You're busy. You have a lot you have to do and you have a lot you want to do. So how do you manage your time in the short-term to capitalize in the long-term? Let’s find out.

Chris Do, Founder of The Futur, a digital agency that teaches and inspires creatives how to do better work is putting on a live whiteboard session of time management - let’s jump into it.

Time is Money

If you saw a rich person walk down the street and just throw away money, you’d think they’re crazy. But is that what you’re doing with your time?

Time is a non-renewable resource.

Spend money to make more time. Example: If you hate doing your laundry, pay someone to do your laundry so you get that time back you can invest into projects to make more money.

Write down when you wake up and when you go to sleep. How many hours are you awake? (Average is 16).

Budgeting Your Time

For each hour you’re awake, grab one sticky note. Write down the tasks you do on each sticky note in 60 minute chunks. If you need a 30-minute chunk, exchange one sticky note for two sticky notes of another color.

Instead of writing “work” for eight hours, be more specific than that. If you’re in meetings for two hours a day on average, write “meetings” for two hours/day.

Next, do the same assignment for what a typical weekend day looks like.

After you do this assignment, actually record what you’re doing in a journal or piece of paper the next day.

Goals

What do you want to accomplish in the next two weeks?

How many hours/day do you need to accomplish that task in two weeks?

Take whatever that answer is and remove the amount of time from your sticky note assignment. For example, if you need two hours/day to finish a book within two weeks, you need to take two hours worth of sticky note time out of your day. If you’re on social media for two hours, remove those sticky notes and set them aside.

Remember:

  • Treat time as currency. What constraints would you apply to time that you do for money.
  • Being busy is the biggest distraction from living.
  • Don’t die living someone else’s dream.
  • Consolidate the largest amount of free time. Spend it wisely. 
  • Don’t major in the minors
  • Say NO to almost everything
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