168 Hours – Prioritize Your Time
When you’re looking at how to shift things around to realize your goals, remember you have 168 hours in a week. Where are you spending them? Take inventory, and I mean literally write down, where you are spending your time. How much do you sleep, eat, work, spend time with family, workout, work in your community, etc? Once you have how you currently are spending your time, take a look at what you can shift or cut down on to make more time for your work and career.
When you set goals for yourself, they need to be S.M.A.R.T. goals. S.M.A.R.T. stands for Sustainable, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, and Time-boxed. Basically, you need to be able to reasonably act on and fulfill the goals you have set. So, it’s not feasible to, for example, go from working a 20 hour week to a 40 hour one right off the bat. Taking such a large jump will most likely cause you to fail and feel down about yourself. It’s totally fine if you want to work a 40 hour week, but take smaller steps. Start with a 30 hour week, then 35, then finally 40 hours.
The idea is to take small steps and gain successes on your way to a bigger goal.
Just because you are working towards a goal you want doesn’t mean that you won’t burnout. In fact, it’s easier to push yourself to the limit when you are driven and motivated. Make sure that you aren’t letting burnout sneak up on you by ignoring symptoms like repeating colds or general fatigue. When you feel your body signaling that you need a break, make sure you take it! Whatever a relaxing break looks like to you, reading a book, a 15-minute coffee break, attending a yoga class on Thursday, make sure you take it!
Lead, Don’t Tell
Actions speak louder than words, especially as a leader. It is not enough for you to tell people what to do, you have to show them that it can be done and that you hold yourself to the same standards.
Great leaders do more than just dictate or delegate. They inspire others to become leaders in their own rights. They do this by first, not solving every problem for their team. Instead, they work with the individual or team to help them find the answer or solution to the problem.
Second, great leaders do not make themselves on the restrictions they put on their teams. If you, as a leader, do not attend every group meeting for the local community garden but expect it of your team, no matter what you say to them, they will not look to you as a leader.