I am writing a little blog about doing something that is so much bigger than myself; a little blog about the big goal of helping 10,000 people move away from poverty this year.

I am writing this blog between the hours of 1:33 and 2:00 am. Time management for some people means that they always go to bed at a certain time.

For other people (ahem you crazy midnight tweeters in government and industry) it means that you work all hours of every day.

While each person can and will manage their time differently, as business owners, what do we need to think about when we prioritize our time?

Time Priorities

Even though I have big business goals, my biggest goals are that my children will know their father’s love and that my wife and I will be just as engaged in our marriage to each other the day death separates us as we are now.

This means that my first time priority are to the closest people to me: my family.

But, there are important things we are all doing, including growing a business that is changing the world, one person at a time.

So, my priorities means I will stay up after everyone else goes to bed.

I will finish a book, write drafts for two blogs, and through-compose another.

When you are considering your time ask yourself what priority the following things have:

  • Family
  • Health
  • Business Success
  • Spiritual Community
  • Friends
  • Entertainment
  • Intellectual Stimulation
  • Work

Think through what the most important things are in your life and figure out how to either outsource non-essentials or combine them with other essential time management things.

Like when Michelle Obama decided to hire a personal chef (see my upcoming Saturday Book Review on The Writer’s Cue), she did it first because she was outsourcing a non-essential thing in her time management (cooking). Then, when she became the First Lady of the United States, she brought her personal chef to the White House and had him help her design a model garden to address the obesity epidemic in the United States. You can combine un-important time management items with important items or outsource them entirely.