Here are a few quick tips to help you with managing your time:
- Do a To-Do List for the next day the night before. This is so simple and you’ve heard it a million times, yet for some reason many don’t use one. They instead go to work each day, look around and just let things happen. When you do that, you will not use your time wisely. Try this suggestion for one week and you’ll see its value quickly.
- Delegate simple items that others can do; focus on what you do best. I used to drive to the Dry Cleaners, go to the Bank, go to the Post Office, and Drive the Delivery Truck. (The latter I would do because I wanted to.) At a certain point, we have to understand what the best use of our time is and do that. Do you know how you make your company or your department the most money? If you know what that is, do it and delegate the rest.
- Take an hour each week and sit in a quiet place with a blank sheet of paper and think about what you need to do. I find this simple exercise to really help me get focused. There is a misconception and a hesitation on entrepreneurs’ parts to feel they have to constantly be doing something, when in reality, doing nothing for an hour will help you tremendously. You clear out your head, get focused, and in most cases see clearly what you need to do.
I hope these tips help you!
Talk to you next week.
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