by Leslie B Watson
GET BACK AN HOUR
in every day
hat would you do
took Leadership by deciding that he
As you read through the Tools below,
with one extra
wanted to start bringing his lunch
start with simple Awareness. Reflect
hour each day?
from home four days a week. He
on your own routines and habits.
Spend more time with the kids?
spoke to his domestic partner (am
Exercise? Start a project? Sleep?
I allowed to call her a Tool?), and
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together they evaluated their grocery Whether it’s for relationships,
shopping budget and routine. Their
ambition or health, getting back an
solution? When preparing dinner,
hour every day is entirely achievable.
they would ‘cook double’, packing
In fact, you can start today.
the extra portions into Tupperware ready for tomorrow’s lunch. The
There’s a model I teach in my
final piece of the Action puzzle was
training seminars called “ALTA.” It
setting up a system so that Michael
represents a four-step process for
wouldn’t forget to grab his lunch
changing habits, be they professional
from the fridge each morning (in this
or personal. ALTA stands for:
case, he set up a daily alarm on his
Awareness (of what needs changing);
Leadership (taking responsibility and taking charge); Tools (could be
What does ALTA have to do with
information, objects, technology or
getting back an hour in every day?
people); and Action (do the thing!).
Well, time is a finite resource. There will always be 24 hours in each day.
Let’s look at an example of ALTA. A
So, in order to get an extra hour,
friend of mine (let’s call him Michael)
we’re going to need to find it and
mentioned recently that he wanted
take it from somewhere else. This
to save money. After doing a quick
requires us to change some habits.
audit of his daily spending, he
Here are four time management
realised how much money he was
challenges that come up again and
spending on buying his lunch every
again for small business operators,
day. With this Awareness, Michael
and Tools you might find useful.
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