Time Management Hacks – Adrienne Gardner

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Time.  The great equalizer. I love to think that I have the same amount of time in a day that Elon Musk has.  That Sarah Blakely has. That Bill Gates has.  Wow, talk about an event playing field.  No one has more or less of it in a day than anyone else.  Just depends on how you use it, and if you control it or does it control you.  


If you are late all the time, if you are constantly behind on projects. You are not the master of your time. Time is in driver seat instead of you.  I have a few very specific ways I beat time, or as I like to say…I make TIME my bitch. 


First very important concept – Wake up earlier.  Getting up early is simple math. 1 hour a day of extra work time is an entire month!  Holy shit! An entire month you can spend however you want.   Meditate, plan your day, work out, work on the biz etc.   I do something very specific every morning, I plan my day in blocks based on tasks.   Yes, I know lots of people time block.  Here is how I do it…it is somewhat in reverse.  Instead of doing a block of time…ok I am going to take 1 hour to work on TGE admin stuff, and then making task list. I do the below instead. 

  1. I make a list of all the shit I have to do that day.  EVERYTHING. From do this for this client, to run payroll, to make an appointment for my dog to get a haircut. Even if I need to buy something online. I write it down.  
  2. I group together into categories:  Personal, TGE, Development, Clients (broken apart by client specific for time tracking and focus).   
  3. I estimate how long it will take me in each category to complete those tasks.  15 mins, 30 mins, 2 hours.   
  4. Then I drop those time slots into my calendar around my meetings.  I have 30 minutes between meetings.  GREAT! I can make that dentist appointment and check on my bitcoin. That would be an example of a personal block.   
  5. I then take those tasks for each category and put into my calendar.   And set alerts. So, when that window comes into my day – I get that alert, I know what I have to do.  It is nonnegotiable 

Since adopting this reverse way of blocking. I find that I get massive amounts of shit done.  And the “little things” that I used to forget, or would just get missed are just a part of my life.  



Adrienne Gardner
Adrienne Gardner
PRESIDENT of TGE. SPEAKER and TRAINER on sales process, growth and development adriennegardner.com gardnereffect.com

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