How can you get an extra hour from each day? This is a basic challenge for all of us. I’ve discussed this challenge with action and results-oriented people I know. Together, we’ve come up with many practical ways to secure one more precious hour from each day. (Remember that each of these tips is probably adaptable to your particular situation.) Here they are. I hope you’ll find them helpful and useful to you…
- Make up and follow a detailed, daily schedule.
- Get up earlier.
- Do less passive reading, TV watching, and the like.
- Avoid allowing others to waste your time.
- If you commute to work, use the time to study or plan.
- Organize your work; do it systematically.
- Make creative use of lunch time.
- Delegate authority if possible.
- Spend less time on unimportant phone calls.
- Think first; then do the job.
- Do instead of dream.
- Work hardest when you’re mentally most alert.
- Eliminate activities which make little contribution to the best results for your life.
- Always do the toughest job first.
- Before each major act, ask: Is the really necessary?
- Choose interesting and constructive literature for spare-moment reading.
- Learn how to sleep. Sleep soundly, then work refreshed.
- Skip desserts.
- Stop smoking.
- Write notes or letters while waiting for others.
- Always carry an envelope with paper in it, stamps, and a few post cards.
- Combine tasks which are done in the same area.
- Be prompt for all appointments.
- Lay out your clothes the night before.
- Relax. Ready yourself for the important jobs in life.
- Concentrate on the specific tasks you’re doing.
- Make constructive use of those five- or ten-minute waiting periods. Carry with you magazine article clippings on helpful subjects.
- Always carry a pencil and paper to capture important-to-you ideas.
- Learn to do other “unnecessary” things while watching TV or listening to the radio.
- Call on specialists to accomplish work you cannot do efficiently.
- Learn to read more rapidly.
- Nap an hour after dinner. Then take a shower. Begin the evening hours relaxed and refreshed.
- Avoid making a “production” out of small tasks.
- Avoid interruptions.
- Tackle only one job at a time.
- Know your limitations.
- Work to you top capacity.
There are some really great ideas here (brought to us by Dr. Whitt N. Schultz) – some of which you maybe already do. Time management is one of the most important skills to learn as a business owner. Don’t feel overwhlemed looking at this list. Pick one or two manageable things you can implement and grow from there.
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