No, that’s not an original thought — time is money – but it is right on the money! We all have the same 24 hours each day. But why is it that some of us cover miles and miles of productive terrain each day, while others barely get their shoelaces tied, so to speak?
Here are some back-to-basics time-management reminders that will make you more productive:
1. Make use of drive time. Talk radio is entertaining, but plugging in a motivational or educational CD will charge
up your business batteries and give you ideas to make your time more productive.
2. Put in one extra hour each day of quality activity. Do that five days a week, 50 weeks a year, and you end up with 250 additional hours a year. That adds the equivalent of three full weeks or productive time in a year … all by just going in 30 minutes early and taking 30 minutes rather than an hour for lunch!
3. Plan every minute of your business day. Do not show up at work wondering what to do. The last thing you should do before quitting for the day is map out everything you plan to do the next day. Sure, the events of the day may blow a hole in your schedule, but you still end up pretty much twice as productive as the poor clown who does not plan at all, but spends half his/her day wondering which task to tackle first.
4. Take time for fun. When you work … work. When you play … play. Leave your techno-gizmos at the office when you plan a getaway weekend with family. Business is important, but it is family and friends that make life worthwhile. Learn how to leave it all at the office.
5. Watch for time wasters. This includes drop-ins (keep your office door closed), emails (check them twice a day rather than keeping your email active all day long), or phone calls (let them go into voice mail and then do all return calls at once).
Time is money. Learn how to value it and you will not only be more productive, but more successful than your time-squandering counterpart.
Work hard. Make money. Have fun. — jri
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