All of the business owners I know are very busy. They all need more time in their day, and they need it now.
I need more time in my day too. So I’ve been looking for ways to find more time, and I came up with 5 ways that are most effective in finding more time in my day, that you can use to find more time in YOUR day.
Make a plan for your day – Every morning, look at your calendar, and make a plan for your day. Add in time right now for planning before any meeting you need to prep for, and time after a meeting if you need to debrief and type up notes or send out a proposal. Make a good plan for the day – and then do everything you can to stick to it.
Batch tasks whenever possible – Anything that can be done together gets done together. Email replies. Sending emails. Outgoing phone calls. Text messages. Whatever I can batch, I batch. What can you group together to do all at one time?
Focus for short periods of time – and then get up and out of your chair – I’ll admit it – I can’t sit still for more than 30 minutes without losing focus or getting bored. So rather than force myself to sit for 30 minutes, I go for 20 minutes – and then I move around. How long can you sit still or do one thing with extreme focus? Do it for that long – And don’t force yourself to do more and watch your productivity soar.
Find things that can be done in 5 minutes or less – I often end up waiting between client meetings for 5 or 10 minutes, either in my car or at a coffee shop. I try to find things (like replying to Twitter people, accepting LinkedIn connections, wishing people a happy birthday on Facebook) I can do in 5 minutes or less – and then I do them when I’m waiting. Makes me more productive – and prevents me from getting sucked in beyond 5 or 10 minutes because clients come first.
Plan for interruptions – I expect to be interrupted at least a few times a day, so I plan for it. I never book a full 8 hours worth of stuff, and I always leave myself travel time so I don’t speed (or get speeding tickets) and time to think, and sometimes even to relax.
Doing all of this adds up to at least an extra hour a day of my time that I can spend doing other important things.
Want more tips? Over at Business on Main, Chris Brogan shared more tips to help you find more time in your day.
What about you? How do you find more time in your day? Share your favorite tips in the comments so we can all learn from your experiences.
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