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Whether it’s running a business or working the 9-to-5 drill, we all want to be the most efficient and effective as possible – making a few time management tips pretty handy. Wasted time is out of the question when you have to-do lists and projects and reports piling up on your desk. So where to start? How to juggle 100 things at once? The key is to stay calm, focus and plan. Here are a few of our favorite time management tips we think are useful for all those busy entrepreneurs (and pretty much anyone, in any job):
8 Time Management Tips That Work:
Take the time to do things right
Take your time to do things right, and to do the right things. When we aim to do things efficiently (i.e: quickly), we often don’t do those things very well. So instead, focus on being effective: doing the right things and doing those things right (no matter how long it takes).
First, plan your day
Take the first 30 minutes of every morning to plan the rest of your day ahead. Don’t start doing any of the tasks until you have finished planning how you’ll be using your time.
Block out time for everything, from meetings to specific tasks, and even for down time! If you have a specific time for every concrete task, you’ll dedicate that time to one thing alone.
Set 3 goals each day
Aside from planning your day every morning, also ask yourself this question: What 3 things do I want to accomplish today? This will give you very key tasks or projects to focus on, helping you to plan your day accordingly.
Do the hardest thing first
Do the hardest task first thing in the morning, every single morning. Postponing this kind of task until later in the day will only make it more likely that you continue to postpone these tasks.
Pause, think about results
Before every call, meeting or task, take 5 minutes to decide what results you want to achieve. Then take another 5 minutes after the call or meeting to determine whether or not you achieved that result. If not, figure out what was missing, or what you would have to do/say in a follow up meeting to achieve the desired result.
Get rid of all distractions
Block out all distractions such as Facebook and other social networks, unless you’re using them for business. If you don’t have enough self control, there are apps and Chrome extensions that block certain websites for you.
Set a “replying/follow up” time
Don’t get into the habit of always making yourself instantly available. You don’t have to instantly answer every single call, email or instant message. Instead, schedule a set during your day which you dedicate solely to replying to emails, calls or following up with people you have made a note to get back to.