13 Ways to Find an
you could just get more done in less time, right?
2 Hours and 40 Minutes in Your Day
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
But what if
you could find a way to shave 10 min off of a task that normally takes
At the end of an 8 hour work day, you
would have an
extra 1 hour and 20 minutes of time.
what if you could find a way to shave off 20 minutes?
You will have found an extra 2
Hours and 40 minutes!
is not new time. It was there anyway. But, it is
new to you.
what you would do with 2 extra hours and forty minutes a day to fill
with whatever you want.
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
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
They may take MORE time up front because you
yourself to work differently. But, once you learn to apply
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
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
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
in its own, clear container on a shelf out of the way of what I am
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.
system that works for you. That you will keep up
one that allows you to easily manage your projects without them
Distractions: This tip is one of
the most difficult in our ever-connected world. But it is one
the most essential for managing yourself and your time wisely.
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
can connect with you - then strictly enforce it.
your phone on silent. Turn off the pager (ok, be reasonable
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
computer, only run the programs that you need. Turn off
social media, instant messaging and resist the urge to go anywhere on
the internet that is not part of the plan.
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
a system that you will actually USE and then use it.
your home, business, family, church and social activities all in one
place. You do not want to make an appointment at the office
to get home and look at your family calendar and realize that
your daughter's play was that afternoon.
your money making
work in your most productive time of day:
We each have a
different rhythmic cycle to our productivity. Determine when
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.
protective over this time. Do whatever it takes to make sure
you are shut up for that time and working ONLY on those
not allow interruptions or distractions. (That question from
co-worker can wait or they will figure it out for themselves).
the most difficult tasks first: These are the
tasks that you
dread and don't want to do. They often are procrastinated
the very last moment and then you have to do them anyway!
them first. Create momentum in your day by having those
done early. Then, everything else is a piece of cake!
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
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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alone has allowed me to find hours in my weeks that I never knew were
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
we are actually taking twice the amount of time to do it in!
not try to do multiple things at once. Give each item your
attention until you bring it to a completion point. That may
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.
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
your time if you can learn to group similar jobs together and do them
all in one specified timeframe.
This keeps you from
task to take care of another. It also helps with your
scheduling. If you come up with an idea for a sales letter,
know you are writing tomorrow morning from 9-11 so you can make a note
in your schedule.
breaks: Schedule these.
efficiency drops the longer you work on a task, so you will increase
your effectiveness when you give your brain a 5 minute break.
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
get back to work.
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.
a search to find free sources on the web.
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course I recommend.
Take advantage of the abundance of virtual assistants online these
days. Find a reliable source and give them the tasks that
be done but are not money-making or make less than what you are worth
If you charge $75/hour to your clients for
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
$65 ahead already, not to mention the good time management you just
a Mentor: Most successful people did
do it alone. Behind most is a mentor or coach.
has done this before and done it successfully.
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.
tips can seem daunting at first. But, implementing even one
these time management tips will help your productivity. And
you find it working, you will be motivated to use them all.
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