It was great to hear that Ford has chosen its plant Bridgend in Wales to build the company’s new generation of petrol engines in a deal worth £181m. This is good news indeed for the Welsh economy, as the deal would safeguard more than 750 skilled Welsh jobs for many years to come.

Great to hear this news, yes, but whether you are working on a multi-million pound project for a global brand or you are a sole trader, we ALL need to work super smart and super efficiently. The secret to success whatever the size and turnover of your company? Time management!

But there are really only 3 ways to spend your time:-

•         Thoughts

•         Conversations

•         Actions

Regardless of the job you do, your work will be composed of these 3 things.

At work, you may be frequently pulled in different directions. While you can’t eliminate every interruption, you do get a say on how much time you will spend on them and how much time you will spend on the thoughts, conversations and actions that will lead you to success.

Practice the following 5 Tips to become the master of your own time:-

1.First 30 minutes

Take the first 30 minutes of every day to plan your day.

Don’t start your day until you complete your time plan.

Plan your work, then work your plan.

The most important time of your day is the time that you actually schedule – so schedule your time!

2.Time log

Carry a schedule and record all your thoughts, conversations and activities for a week. This will help you understand how much you can get done during the course of a day and where your precious moments are going.

You’ll see how much time is actually spent producing results and how much time is wasted on unproductive thoughts, conversations and actions.


Any activity or conversation that’s important to your success should have a time assigned to it.

To-do lists get longer and longer to the point where they’re unworkable.

Appointment books work. Schedule appointments with yourself and create time blocks for high-priority thoughts, conversations, and actions.

Schedule when they will begin and end. Have the discipline to keep these appointments.

4. Plan

Look back to your findings from your Time Log (Tip 2).

Plan to spend at least 50% of your time engaged in the thoughts, activities and conversations that produce most of your results.

5.Take 5

Take five minutes before every phone call and task/activity to decide what result you want to attain. This will help you know what success looks like before you start. And it will also slow time down.

Take five minutes after each call and task/activity to determine whether your desired result was achieved. If not, what was missing? How do you put what’s missing in your next call or activity?


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