Do more with less!


March 24th, 2006 by Sit up a Tree

Do you want to have more time to do the things that you want to do in life, but find that you just can’t seem to find even an extra hour in a week?

Here’s one way that you can try to claw back some time for yourself.

How much time do you spend in a week carrying out tasks that you either don’t need to do or that you don’t need to do as often as you do them?  You probably think that you don’t waste time on any such tasks but if you look closely at what you do (and that’s the trick with time management, try to free up small parcels of time, a few minutes here and there, rather than looking for chucks of several hours).  Here are a few examples:

  • Do you always go to the Post Office to pick up a stamp when you need one rather then buy a good handful?
  • Do you go on erratic shopping errands as opposed to planning them in advance?
  • Do you find yourself wondering what to do next?

At the heart of clawing back seconds and minutes (which come together to make hours that you can use for more productive work) is a little bit of forward planning.  If you want a stamp today and you wanted one last week and the week before, it’s likely that you are going to want more and so it makes sense to stock up.  One properly planned out shopping trip will take a lot less time than several erratic trips and knowing what you have to do in a day or week will mean that you can spend your working time actually working and not sitting around wondering what to do next.

The planning required to save considerable chunks of time isn’t at all significant – ten minutes spent planning can easily free up an hour or two – a worthwhile return on investment.

So why not whip out a pen and paper and start making a few simple plans – plan out what you want to achieve in a day or week or what your goals are for a shopping trip or business meeting.  Knowing what you want in advance means that you work at a higher level of efficiency and get more done in less time!

And once you have freed up some time, remember to plan out what you intend to do with it – don’t waste it!

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