Syncis co-founder John Kim was born and raised in a South Korea, where he began working in his early teens to support his family. Later, he came to the United States to pursue an education and to begin his business career. Over two decades after his arrival to the US, John Kim founded Syncis with a fellow businessperson with the intention of catering to the middle-income families that other financial institutions often ignore.
When professionals like Mr. Kim succeed, it is rarely chance or luck, despite how it appears from the outside. They carefully manage their time and finances to pave the way for their success. Financial management might be more obvious than time management, but the two are equally important. Below are some steps to help you start better managing your time:
- Before you implement a time management makeover, take a blank journal and write a list numbered from 1 to 24 on seven pages. For one week, fill in exactly what you did with each hour of each day in the numbered spaces. This will include sleep, Facebook, work, shopping, driving and anything else that you spend time on. At the end of your week, use a highlighter to mark any unproductive, unnecessary time in your schedule and consider how you can eliminate these time wasters.
- Make a daily schedule that allows for interruptions. Plan your ideal workday, list high priority tasks first and allow for interruptions. Interruptions are inevitable and they can derail your schedule if you do not account for them. An appointment book, scheduling app or blank notebook will all work well for managing your time. Though you cannot schedule when your interruptions will occur, you can leave an hour or so from your day’s allotted time blank to account for them.
- Schedule time to schedule time. It sounds silly and repetitive, but scheduling every day, either at the beginning or end, to schedule your time is one of the most important management tactics. Plan for 20 minutes to schedule the rest of your day and never miss this period. Using this method, if plans change suddenly, you can schedule your day to account for it; when you write your schedule several days at a time, you do not have the opportunity to account for daily fluctuations.
- Allow for overflow. If you’re busy, it’s impossible to get everything done in a day, so keep a running “overflow” list for things that you didn’t complete. Always prioritize your important tasks first and allow the less important tasks to overflow to the running list. When you have a day without much to do, knock out as many of your overflow items as possible.
Through John Kim Syncis and his associates offer mentoring to those new in the financial industry. During this mentoring, prospect associates learn the value of time management. By applying time management to your routine, too, you can make the most of your days and increase your productivity.