Some of the best time saving tips are those that at first appear counterintuitive. How can doing less and working fewer hours help you get more done? It may sound too good to be true, but we’re going to show you just how easy working smarter, not harder, can actually be.
Work Fewer Hours
Think of it like a race – if you only have 7 hours to get everything done, as opposed to 12 or 14, you’re going to focus your attention and do everything you can to meet your deadline. When there is no time for daydreaming or procrastinating, you’ll be surprised how quickly things can get accomplished! So go ahead and make dinner plans, then do your best to finish everything before stepping out the door.
What Would a Successful Person Do?
Our time saving tips are all about helping you become the powerhouse small business owner we know you are. So why are you spending hours a day creating invoices, managing your social media accounts and updating your website?
It’s time to delegate, my dear SBO! Learn to let go, especially when it comes to menial tasks, and hire a virtual assistant or two to take the load off of you. Your time is valuable, and the less time you spend tweeting, the more time you’ll be able to spend actually making money. Do you think Warren Buffet does his own invoicing? How about Richard Branson? Of course not! Hop on to Elance or Odesk and start telling people how they can help you already!
Sure, you have 10,000 things on your to-do list, most of which really need to get done, um, yesterday. But be honest with yourself. If you could only do three things today, what would they be? Choose the top three things on your to-do list, and knock those out first thing in the morning. Then the rest of the day, you can rest easy knowing that at least the big stuff has been taken care of.
Time saving tips often mention limiting the time you spend on the Internet, and for good reason. With a literally endless supply of distracting entertainments, the Internet may just be the easiest way to get absolutely nothing done on a given day. What’s worse, there is something about the act of being on the computer that can make you feel like you’re getting work done, even when the fact of the matter is that you’ve just spent about 5 hours on Facebook. Oops.
If you don’t need the Internet for research, turn the dang thing off. Close your browser (if you have that kind of will power), or unplug your wireless router altogether. You may turn it back on when you are finished with said project.
Label, Filter and Archive All Emails
Time saving tips for streamlining your email experience center around reducing the number of emails in your inbox at any given time. Create filters for emails you may want to refer to, but don’t need to look at immediately. You can also create labels to group certain emails together, making them easy to find at a later date. Gmail’s archive feature even makes pulling up old emails incredibly simple, even if they haven’t been labeled. Of course, you have to remember what to search for, so assigning a specific label to each email is always a safer bet.
Finally, unsubscribe from the junk mail you never read! If you keep getting emails that you find you never open, take two seconds and unsubscribe from the list. It will save you tons of time in the long run.
What are some of your most creative time saving tips?
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