The most precious resource for home-based business owners is their time. Time is something that can’t be replaced and can’t be taught (but you can guarantee wealthy people would buy it if they could).
Nobody gets more than the standard twenty-four hours in a day, no matter how wealthy or poor they are or how long their “to-do” list is. If I had a dollar for every time I daydreamed about being able to stop time, I’d be rich. I bet you know the feeling.
There are twenty-four hours in a day, and it’s impossible to get everything done. Believe it or not, we need to sleep. We also need to eat and take showers occasionally, so see how quickly time can slip away from you.
Friends and loved ones deserve a portion of our attention. All relationships require focus and support. Then, we can only work for a certain number of hours every day. Since our time at work is limited, we need to maximize its effectiveness. Time cannot be wasted on things that others can accomplish or on things that are not important.
Saving a few minutes here and there adds up to a more productive use of your time at work. In the hopes of sparing your time (as well as mine) I’ll be quick and to the point.
Use of Multiple Email Accounts for Maximum Productivity
In our company, we have a separate account for different functions. It’s very uncommon for people to have many email accounts, but consolidating them all into a single Gmail inbox is a simple way to save time checking messages. Maintaining many email accounts is a hassle, but with a single account, you can do it with far less effort.
If an email isn’t going to directly impact your bottom line, there’s no reason to spend much time reading and responding to them.
Numerous types of email exist. There are three types of email: those that are directly relevant to doing business, those that are important but not directly relevant to doing business, and those that are just a waste of time.
Don’t bother reading an email that has been forwarded several times.
Don’t bother reading an email that was sent to hundreds of individuals.
Time spent on email may add up quickly. You should only respond to emails that are directly linked to your business and delete the rest.
Create Timetables to Efficiently Schedule Your Day
A productive workday is one that follows a schedule. Knowing what you have to do next and being able to see it at a glance can help you accomplish a lot more in a shorter amount of time. I learn better when I can see what I’m reading. A timetable is a useful visual assistance. Time may be allocated more effectively and productively with its guidance.
Focus on Revenue-Producing Activities
Prioritize things that will directly contribute to the success of the business while planning your workday. Don’t put in the necessary effort to do something that someone else can accomplish instead.
Make sure you look into outsourcing thoroughly. When you have other people handle the routine aspects of your business, you get back hours of your time every day.
Bookkeeping, accounting, article writing, event organizing, and copywriting are all examples of work that could be contracted out. These activities are best handled by others, freeing you your time to focus on expanding your business, networking, and making sales.
Track How Much Time You’re Wasting
Spending time with loved ones is important, but you could squander a lot of time doing things that don’t contribute to your goals, like watching television.
If you keep track of how you spend your time for a few days, you will be astounded at how much of each day goes to waste.
Don’t get me wrong here. Everyone needs some time to relax now and again. Both our bodies and our thoughts need to take it easy. We can’t be totally serious all the time, but we can cut down on the things that aren’t helpful. In a word, time is of the essence. We need to maximize the potential of each and every one of our waking hours.
If you’re going to work on a task for a specific amount of time, commit to no distractions. Track your time and notice how much time you’re actively working versus goofing off.
I use Toggl, and I was shocked as heck when I started logging my actual work time.
Free time can be scheduled too; discipline to work first, then use that to reward yourself, but remember not to get too distracted and waste too much time.