How To Eliminate the “Not Enough Time” Excuse For Good

Updated: Apr 13

We’ve all listened to the podcast episodes or read the stories of entrepreneurs who launched successful businesses while homeschooling three kids or working a corporate day job.


We know that “not enough time” is a limiting belief...and an excuse. (And if you don’t believe it yet, check out my freebie How to Finish Any Project to prove to yourself once and for all that you DO have time.)


[If you need some support in implementing a project management system, please join us in 4-Week Project Jumpstart. Enrollment closes April 14th and we’ll get started April 21st.]


If you have time, why aren’t you getting your project done?


It’s simple. You’re not using a project management system. After years of coaching people on productivity, time management, and project completion, there is one key difference I’ve seen between those who complete their projects and those who don’t - a project management system.


There are three key ways that a project management system will help you uncover more time to get your project done:


Realistic expectations - How often have you planned a list of work to do for the day and then between running errands, shuttling kids around, and prepping dinner, almost none of it was completed? How discouraging is that?! After the kids go to bed, you feel defeated so you end up eating ice cream and watching Netflix, rather than getting an hour of that planned work done. (Or is that just me?!)


How might things be different if you knew exactly how much time you’d have to work and planned the exact right amount of work? You’d probably be excited to sit down and do that hour of work after the kids go to bed, and then you’d crawl into bed knowing you made meaningful progress towards your goals and are on track.


A good project management system can help you create realistic expectations about how much time you have and what prioritized work you can accomplish during that time.


See the finish line - Most projects take longer than a few days or even a few weeks, especially when you have competing priorities. It’s difficult to stay on track and remain motivated. A project management system enables you to set milestones, deliverables, and deadlines so you can celebrate the small wins along the way and keep the end in sight .


Ask for help - Without a project plan, it’s difficult to communicate to your partner, roommate, virtual assistant, or friend what you need and when. You may feel overwhelmed, but that you can’t explain what you need or it’s more efficient just to do it yourself.


With a project plan, you’ll know in advance when you have a particularly busy week, you’ll know exactly how much time you need to complete the prioritized work, and you’ll have defined exactly what you need support on, so you don’t have to do it all alone.


While many entrepreneurs piece together productivity hacks to create their own system of tools, routines, and processes to manage projects rather than learn a defined system...


There’s no reason you have to recreate the wheel or do it alone when there are tested tools and processes that are easy to adopt and available to you.


[If you need some support in implementing a project management system, please join us in 4-Week Project Jumpstart. Enrollment closes April 14th and we’ll get started April 21st.]


And I’ll share a tip with you...


Adopting a project management tool is not the same as having a project management approach.


Simply using Asana or Trello is not going to get your project done. These are tools, afterall, and a tool is only useful if you know how to use it.


Sound interesting? Download How to Finish Any Project today and learn about next steps in adopting a project management system and eliminating the “not enough time” excuse so you can make progress towards your goals today.


[If you need some support in implementing a project management system, please join us in 4-Week Project Jumpstart. Enrollment closes April 14th and we’ll get started April 21st.]

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