Squeeze the Clock for More Time

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Smart entrepreneurs understand that time is money. So, they rely on proven time management techniques to squeeze the clock for every minute it’s good for.

Here are 10 Productivity Tips to Give You More Time…

  1. Wake up earlier: Don’t lose hours of your day sleeping in. Find the optimal amount of sleep for your body and work backwards to go to bed at a time that allows you to wake up at an early hour.
  2. Stop snooze button abuse: Those extra 10 minutes can easily turn into a half an hour of alarm clock arguing. Set a specific time to wake up, and if snoozing makes you feel like you’ve beat the system, set the alarm for ten minutes earlier.
  3. Every night, make a To-do list for the next day: When you wake up with a mission, you can glide directly into your tasks, and complete your goals earlier in the day. Adjust your list as the day progresses, keeping your daily deadlines in mind.
  4. Prioritize tasks and complete the higher priorities first: Getting the big jobs done sooner will reduce your stress levels later in the day and open up time to achieve future goals sooner.
  5. Use a reward/consequence system for motivation: Give yourself rewards for completing tasks on time (or early) and establish consequences for missed deadlines. Rewards can be an extra half hour of TV, and consequences can be more time on the treadmill.
  6. Multi-task only the simple activities: Multi-tasking complicated activities usually make each task take longer. BUT with simple everyday activities, bundle whenever possible to save precious minutes every day.
  7. Don’t rush: Rushing through an important activity can lead to mistakes. Remember that it takes longer to fix a mistake than it does to get it right the first time.
  8. Create schedules and stick to them: Set schedules for each day, and make sure to factor in breaks and meals. Go ahead and schedule set times for Twitter and Facebook—so you can stay connected to the world– while making sure you’re still on track to meet your daily goals.
  9. Organize the elements of your routine: Set the timer on the coffee machine, put the toothpaste and floss together, and plan outfits the night before. Arranging your routine in advance streamlines the process, saving you time.
  10. Remove work distractions: Put your cell phone away to avoid work time texting, close instant messaging accounts that aren’t work related, and if working from home, sit in a room without a TV. Don’t allow distractions to break your focus.

Use the ten productivity tips above to get more time.  You’ll be surprised by how much more you can accomplish when you take control of the precious time you are given. You can finish everything on your plate, if you plan your days accordingly.

2 Comments

  1. Posted June 16, 2010 at 8:32 PM | Permalink

    Hire a virtual or temporary assistant to handle tasks that don’t require your time and attention!

    • Posted June 17, 2010 at 2:55 PM | Permalink

      Thanks for the tip, Isha! Hiring a virtual/temporary assistant is definitely a great way to get more time out of your day. I recently hired a virtual assistant to help me knock out a few tasks around the office. I was reluctant at first, but in the end I was so glad I did. As entrepreneurs, we have to know when to let go and delegate those things that someone else can do.

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