Guess what? Everyone only gets 24 hours in one day. I know this is a spoiler alert! But no matter who you are, what your status is-you get 24 hours in one day. 

You can’t negotiate more, you can’t buy more, nor can you save it up and have a surplus on certain days.

That means in order to manage our career goals-we must pay attention to how we manage our time. As career women, it’s hard to get focused on the time we spend because we are usually doing everything for everyone else. But how we manage our time can be a game changer for reaching our goals, especially when we say we don’t have time. 

I believe it we manage our time; we can manage our career goals.

Here are 3 ways you can start:

1. Morning or daily routine

You need to plan your day and not your day being “planned” by whatever comes up. One of my morning routines is devotion, exercise, and then a list of what I need to accomplish that day. This short daily list comes from the long to -do list, but each day it is important that I focus on what needs to happen that particular day. That means you have to prioritize your to-do list and not just leave to chance that because it’s written down that it will happen. Get in the habit of a regular schedule and do not deviate. How you start your morning sets the tone for your day.

2. Block out time that is non-negotiable.

Yes, admit that you need help! Because you do. Look at your mile-high to do list and what things are on there that you can delegate, give or pay someone else to do it.

Can someone else do the laundry? Clean the house? Take your daughter to practice? There are so many things as women that we feel like we have to do, and it will make us less of a great woman if we don’t do it ourselves. All false! You will be greater once you spend more time doing the things that only you can do, like your career goals.

Listen, I have been there before lamenting about how I wish I had more time to get things done. I had to accept that 24 hours in a day is the limit. I purposed to manage my time better. I was able to work a senior level HR role, travel 2-3 monthly, be a wife, a mother AND build a new business. 

I met my career goals, because I managed my time. Which one will you try first?

Barbara Mason is a career consultant that brings over 20 years Human Resources experience and has been in senior level roles for Fortune 500 companies. She is the owner and CEO of Career Pathways Consulting and her passion is helping career professionals stay, flow, or go in their career.

To learn more about working with her, visit www.careerpathwaysconsulting.com.

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