It’s funny how fast things start to pile up when you’re positive you’ve been working full tilt, so how in the world is so much time being wasted?
Jane Porter at Entrepreneur has some ideas as to where to start looking for those missing minutes – if not hours – in your day, and take them back once and for all.
Time doesn’t have to fly if you know how to clip its wings.
1. You overload on administrative work. If you’ve spent three hours reconciling a bank statement, you’re making poor use of your time. Too often, small-business owners waste time on tasks they don’t like or aren’t even good at. What’s more, they often expend energy avoiding such tasks and then spend more time than necessary doing them, says Cathy Sexton, the St. Louis, Mo., productivity coach who helped Berry. “If we just hired it out, it would be less expensive,” Sexton says of tasks like bookkeeping and website maintenance. “It’s looking at your time and putting a value on it.”
2. You put off quick tasks. If you can pay a bill or schedule an appointment in a couple of minutes, do it immediately. Putting chores aside for later—no matter how mundane—is a common way small-business owners waste time, says David Allen, author of the runaway bestseller Getting Things Done (Viking 2001). People often set emails aside for later, for example, and then have to search for them and reread them. “It will take you more time to remember it later than just doing it now,” Allen says.
Full story at Entrepreneur.
Time to get organized.
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