Tiger Time is your way to better business

Tiger Time is your way to better business

Struggling to find the time you need to work on your business? Tiger Time is your answer.

The idea of setting aside and guarding your creative time, is not new. However, the application of time guarding for creative work processes is somewhat newer.  Amy Porterfield describes the ritual of ‘Tiger Time’ as the setting aside of a specific amount of time to work on a key area of priority in your business. This time is guarded ferociously for its’ intended purpose, as ferociously as a Tiger guards its’ territory.

I never have time to find more time

The Time, The Time, Who’s got the Time

Lewis Carroll’s ‘The white rabbit’ sums up our most common of feelings in today’s time poor world –

No! No Time! Hello, Goodbye! I’m late! I’m late!

So why are we all always running so short on time, Maja Mrsic lists the 10 most common time management issues of today as:

  • Failing to prioritise
  • Starting your day late
  • Ineffectively scheduling tasks
  • Procrastination
  • Failing to manage distractions
  • Undervaluing the time something will take to finish
  • Multitasking
  • Being busy vs being effective
  • Being a perfectionist
  • Skipping on breaks

Introducing ‘Tiger Time’ into your daily routine

Each and every business grows from an idea. As time goes by natural change and development occurs. We see new sights, hear new concepts, read new posts and absorb the going’s on in the world around us.

In order to keep your business relevant to the current circumstances in which it operates you need to set aside creative time in which to evaluate your idea. What is and what is not working? What new products, concepts or strategies should be introduced to remain viable and drive growth.

Introducing ‘Tiger Time’ into your personal organisational plan will give you the time and focus you need to develop and nurture your business. As previously mentioned the idea of ‘Tiger Time’ is to set aside a block of time on regular basis to devote purely to business development.

Bryan Collins in his book The Power of Creativity (Book 3) focuses on two key area’s, to allow the introduction of ‘Tiger Time’. Learning to say ‘No’ and creating solitude.

Learn to say ‘No’

Wow, there are whole books written on this topic. So why is it so hard to say “No”?

“It is difficult to reach for the word ‘No’ because it has connotations of being unhelpful or even lazy” says Bryan Collins. I would perhaps take that even a step further and suggest that there are times when ‘No’ can even feel mean, ungrateful or even cruel. In saying ‘No’ you are going to hurt people’s feelings and face times of misunderstanding. However, being able to say ‘No’ will enable you to protect your Tiger Time. This will have major implications across all areas of your life and is a skill that is well worth the effort of learning.

How to say ‘No’ from Psychcentral

Keep your response simple. If you want to say no, be firm and direct. Use phrases such as “Thanks for coming to me but I’m afraid it’s not convenient right now” or “I’m sorry but I can’t help this evening.” Try to be strong in your body language and don’t over-apologize. Remember, you’re not asking permission to say no.

Buy yourself some time. Interrupt the ‘yes’ cycle, using phrases like “I’ll get back to you,” then consider your options. Having thought it through at your leisure, you’ll be able to say no with greater confidence.

Consider a compromise. Only do so if you want to agree with the request, but have limited time or ability to do so. Suggest ways forward to suit both of you. Avoid compromising if you really want or need to say no.

Separate refusal from rejection. Remember you’re turning down a request, not a person. People usually will understand that it is your right to say no, just as it is their right to ask the favor.

Don’t feel guilty for saying no to your children. It is important for them to hear no from time to time so that they develop a sense of self-control. It is hard to negotiate adult life without this important skill. Rather than cave in to their protests, let them know who is in charge by setting boundaries.

Be true to yourself. Be clear and honest with yourself about what you truly want. Get to know yourself better and examine what you really want from life.

Create solitude around your Tiger Time

I love solitude. I love being at home by myself researching for this blog and putting words down on a page. However, I am aware that there are others in the world who do not. For these people Bryan Collins recommends introducing periods of solitude on a staged basis. For an hour each day in the first week. Two hours a day in the second week, three hours a day in third week. Or another staged type of process until you arrive at the desired outcome.

Your Tiger Time must come first. Remove all distractions and shut down your email program. Close the internet browser. Turn your phone to silent. Turn off the messaging program. Close the door to your office or study. Keep a blank note book handy to write down the distracting thoughts that will inevitably come into you mind. Let people know that you are not available to communicate during this time. But do also let them know when you are available to communicate or even make a dedicated time to communicate with each person.

Finally, Practice, Practice, Practice.

Marijke Uebergang
Marijke is passionate about helping people use the timely and accurate collection of data to drive outcomes across the triple bottom line of people, purpose and planet. She has over 15 years’ experience in information management in both public and private healthcare settings. This includes supporting and leading the development of policies, processes, procedures, strategic governance and software development for the management of patient level data: the key driver of hospital funding outcomes. As our education writer, Marijke shares her insights and lessons for leveraging data in business decision making.