Isn't It About Time You Got
A Grip On Managing Time?
By Deb Munro
Voice Actor & Coach
How well are you managing your time?
If you are a realist and manage your time well, you know exactly how much time it takes to get your duties done - even know how to account for your personal time in that equation, while others aren't as lucky.
NO TIME TO MANAGE
Or, you might be thinking: "Time management? What time!?"
Sometimes I think that's the category I fit into.
There never seems to be enough time in the day for me to get done all that I set out to do.
The difference, however, is that I am a realist as well, and I do try to account for just the right amount of time.
I am known to never be early and never be late - but I get everything done just in the nick of time!
Breaking myself into three careers isn't easy. I am a full-time voice talent/business owner, full-time coach, and full-time mom/spouse/grandma - so I tend to spread myself pretty thin. Not to mention that I have some big goals yet to accomplish.
It's very important for you see where you want to go and then plan exactly what is required in both time and money to accomplish it.
HOPE IN HIRING HELP
In my case, I got so busy that I wasn't able to keep up. So hiring an assistant was my only hope.
I was blessed when what I needed presented itself to me, and now I'm able to manage my time much better.
How much is your time worth to you?
How are you best spending your time?
It's frustrating to watch talent have goals but do nothing with their time to achieve them.
We all have circumstances that change our time management and daily routines, but much like the dreaded workout at the gym, if you don't keep at it, you will never grow.
This is one industry where complacency can be your enemy.
RECORD YOUR VOICE OVER TIME
Set a realistic schedule for yourself and start recording the time you spent on your craft.
If you are devoting full-time hours to this, you will start seeing full-time results.
But if you're only putting in an hour here and an hour there, that isn't commitment. That's a hobby, and most of us don't make money at our hobbies.
It's easy to make up excuses, so, as we approach a new year, I encourage you to approach this in a productive direction - then stick to the plan you set out to achieve.
YOU'VE GOT THE POWER
I truly believe there is power in writing out your goals and your schedule.
I work best under a written schedule.
Here's what to consider for your schedule.
How much time is spent per day doing the following?
As you can see, there isn't enough time in the day to do all these things, but when you run your own business, you don't have a choice.
AND CONSIDER THESE ...
Also consider things that can steal time from achieving goals.
For instance, how much time is spent per day doing the following?
Some things on this list are unavoidable, but if you monitor your days and write out exactly how much time is spent in each area of your day, you may be able to find more time.
WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS
If all else fails, hire someone to help achieve your goals and needs.
Of course, you might resist hiring help because:
I couldn't afford the time or the money to make this career happen, but I knew it wasn't going to do it itself.
So I set out a schedule and a goal plan, and I've been following it and adapting it every since.
How much is your time worth to you?
Yet, avoid overloading yourself.
Set realistic goals so that you don't burn out.
While you may be gifted to be all things to all people, until you take care of you - you will only let others down. Take care of your needs first.
Set boundaries for yourself and your support team so that you can realistically devote the time and effort you need to creating the best you that you can create.
ABOUT DEB ...
Deb Munro is a leading voice talent, coach, and owner of Chanti Productions, in the Vancouver, B.C., Canada area. She offers private voice over coaching by phone and Skype, and MIC 'N ME and Double Divas workshops on voice acting, business and demo prep in many Canadian cities.
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