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How to Get an Extra Hour Out of Your Day

How can you get an extra hour out of 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 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 lunchtime.
  • 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 most mentally alert.
  • Eliminate activities that make little contribution to the best results for your life.
  • Always do the toughest job first.
  • Before each major act, ask: Is this 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 postcards.
  • Combine tasks that 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 your top capacity.

There are some really great ideas here (brought to us by Dr. Whitt N. Schultz) – some of which you may already do. Time management is one of the most important skills to learn as a business owner. Don’t feel overwhelmed looking at this list. Pick one or two manageable things you can implement and grow from there.

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