Get Things Done – 10 Time Saving Tips for Entrepreneurs
We never seem to have enough time to get things done. Here are 10 tips to help you become a little more organized and get a little more done each day.
Stop the Shuffle…
Having piles of paper on your desk and in your life can lead to feelings of being overwhelmed. You spend time shuffling through paper and wasting valuable time as you are more likely to get sidetracked. Work on perfecting your electronic filing system and request for copies of presentations in electronic form.
I Need My Paper…
If you have files you need to keep in paper form be sure to keep them neatly in a file folder and put it away when you aren’t using it.
Limit the Newsletters/Mailing List you are on…
While we would all love to read tones of newsletters there is no way we can. Go through the list of newsletters and mailing lists you are on and keep only those that you would pay for if you had to. The rest visit occasionally. Keep an Electronic file of the website so you can visit if time permits.
Learn to Say NO!
Before you commit to a project consider the time it will require. Does it meet your needs? If not turn down the opportunity but is sure to offer a suggestion to help them get it done. For example: “I would love to speak at that conference but my calendar is booked. You may want to contact Harry to see if he is available. He is an expert in this field as well. Here’s his contact info?”
Consider how you can complete routine tasks in a more efficient manner. Can you automate it? Do you need to be doing it? What value do I receive from doing this? Can I group tasks together?
Write do the items you must get done and prioritize them. If this doesn’t work for you ask you self “What is the best use of my time RIGHT now?”
Moment to Spare Folder
Create a folder for those items if you have 10-20 minutes available you would like to do. This folder comes in handy if you are waiting for an appointment, waiting to pick up your child or just need a quick break from a project. The folder can include articles you want to read, writing letters to clients, researching a topic, etc.
Plan for the next day
Take 10-15 minutes before you end your work day to write down tasks you need to complete the next day. This ensures when you get to work the next day you aren’t trying to remember where you left off or what needs to be done. It is written out and you have organized yourself to have what is needed on hand.
Night Owls Shine
Know when you work best. Are you an early bird or a night owl? Regardless of which tackle those projects that need your attention at that time of day. Be sure to block out do not disturb time for yourself …that means no emails, Facebook, Twitter, or other distracting tasks.
What About Me Time
One of the best ways to improve your time management skills is to ensure you schedule time for yourself. Disconnecting from work is important in helping you be more efficient when you are working. Schedule time for yourself!
Do you have a tip to share for getting things done? I would love to hear about it.
Wishing you productivity and prosperity,