13 Ways to Find an Extra
2 Hours and 40 Minutes in Your Day

If you could just get more done in less time, right? 

It's something we all wish for, and, even though we see other super-productive people, something we may not really believe is possible. (There must be something super-human about them - or maybe they just don't have a life!)

But what if you could find a way to shave 10 min off of a task that normally takes one hour?
At the end of an 8 hour work day, you would have an
extra 1 hour and 20 minutes of time.  

So, what if you could find a way to shave off 20 minutes?

You will have found an extra 2 Hours and 40 minutes!

This is not new time.  It was there anyway.  But, it is new to you.

Think what you would do with 2 extra hours and forty minutes a day to fill with whatever you want. 

You could:
  • Finish all the work that has been piling up
  • Use that time to start your own business that, until now, you have not found the time to begin
  • Spend time planning your vacation with all the money you will make in that business
When you relentlessly follow these tips for time management, used together, they will shave anywhere from 10-20 minutes off of every hour you work, possibly even more.

They may take MORE time up front because you are retraining yourself to work differently.  But, once you learn to apply each one of these tips to your work week, you will find that your management of time turns into finding more things to do with all that you have left over.

Organize Workspace:  You know you need to be organized, but this is not about creating a neat and tidy spot to work.  This time management tip is about finding the organization that works FOR YOU.  

I tend to need a clean workspace when I am working on a project, while my husband is able just to shove over the mess and find a clean spot.  He works in a jumble, but has everything he needs within reach.  That is organized for him.  I want things where I can see them, so I store each project in its own, clear container on a shelf out of the way of what I am currently working on.

You cannot be productive, however, if you have to run all over the house to find the tools you need or if you have to clear off the dining room table after a work day.

Create a system that works for you.  That you will keep up with.  And one that allows you to easily manage your projects without them managing you.

Eliminate Distractions:  This tip is one of the most difficult in our ever-connected world.  But it is one of the most essential for managing yourself and your time wisely.

Schedule an uninterruptable, unconnected block of working time (maybe two. 2 hour blocks in the day).  While you are working, turn off everything that you do not need.  And make this time that no one can connect with you - then strictly enforce it.

Put your phone on silent.  Turn off the pager (ok, be reasonable if you are an ER Doctor, don't do this, but for the most part if you cannot be away from these two items, you have trained everyone that you are within reach all the time - change that, DON'T BE SO ACCESSIBLE - they actually will respect you for it).

If you work on the computer, only run the programs that you need.  Turn off e-mail, social media, instant messaging and resist the urge to go anywhere on the internet that is not part of the plan.

Keep everything on one schedule:  Managing your time can only be done with some sort of schedule.  You must know what you are going to be doing and when.

Find a system that you will actually USE and then use it.  

Keep your home, business, family, church and social activities all in one place.  You do not want to make an appointment at the office only to  get home and look at your family calendar and realize that your daughter's play was that afternoon.

Do your money making work in your most productive time of day:  We each have a different rhythmic cycle to our productivity.  Determine when your most productive time of day is and then make sure that you block this time of day for the tasks that make you the most money.

Be protective over this time.  Do whatever it takes to make sure that you are shut up for that time and working ONLY on those tasks.  Do not allow interruptions or distractions.  (That question from your co-worker can wait or they will figure it out for themselves).

Complete the most difficult tasks first: 
These are the tasks that you dread and don't want to do.  They often are procrastinated until the very last moment and then you have to do them anyway!

So, do them first.  Create momentum in your day by having those things done early.  Then, everything else is a piece of cake!

Set a timer:  For each job on your list, Set a timer for a reasonable amount of time and then only work on that job while the timer is running.

This will allow you to hyper-focus and probably get the job done quicker because you are only working on that particular item.  Bringing us to the next tip for time management.

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Don't Multi-Task:  We pride ourselves in this day and time for being able to do dozens of things at one time.  But is this really productive?  Not if we are not able to do any of them well or if we are actually taking twice the amount of time to do it in!

Do not try to do multiple things at once.  Give each item your full attention until you bring it to a completion point.  That may not be finished, but if you scheduled 20 min to work on a chapter for a book and you worked the full 20 min on it, you are at the point you needed to be.

Batch similar tasks:  This is probably the most overlooked of the time management tips because we tend to only focus on what we see needs to be done right then.

But, you will double your efficiency with your time if you can learn to group similar jobs together and do them all in one specified timeframe.

This keeps you from stopping one task to take care of another.  It also helps with your scheduling.  If you come up with an idea for a sales letter, you know you are writing tomorrow morning from 9-11 so you can make a note in your schedule.

Take breaks:  Schedule these.  Your efficiency drops the longer you work on a task, so you will increase your effectiveness when you give your brain a 5 minute break.

Excercise:  Take a walk on one of your breaks.  Do some squats or jumping jacks.  Do something to get your blood flowing and your oxygen levels up.  This will increase your ability to focus when you do get back to work.

Improve your typing or reading speed: 
If you rely on one or both of these skills during the day, then increasing the speed with which you do them is a no-brainer.

Do a search to find free sources on the web. 

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Outsource:  Take advantage of the abundance of virtual assistants online these days.  Find a reliable source and give them the tasks that need to be done but are not money-making or make less than what you are worth per hour.

If you charge $75/hour to your clients for your time, why would you do tasks that you can pay $10/hour for someone else to do?  Pay for these tasks and do an hour of your work and you are $65 ahead already, not to mention the good time management you just worked in!

Find a Mentor:  Most successful people did not do it alone.  Behind most is a mentor or coach.  Someone who has done this before and done it successfully.

You can change one or more of these things with good old-fashioned work (and it will require that anyway), but it helps to have someone who can troubleshoot for you and hold you accountable to your goals.

This list of tips can seem daunting at first.  But, implementing even one of these time management tips will help your productivity.  And when you find it working, you will be motivated to use them all.

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