Tips & Thoughts

7 Simple Ways To Create More Time

clock1. Leave The Television Off
Choose what and when to watch. Be selective, every minute you spend watching television is time that could be spent being productive.

2. Automate
Banks, bill paying services and virtual assistants are effective personal and business choices available to handle some of your more time-consuming tasks.

3. Cluster Errands
Look at the day, the week and the month. Where can you practice clustering? Simply juggling for efficiency can create instant blocks of time.

4. Just Say No
Cut back on volunteering by catching your automatic "yes" response. Try phrases like: "I need to check my schedule". Give yourself time to decide.

5. Take yourself out of reaction-mode
The telephone is often the reason we get interrupted when we work. Stay focused and let people leave messages. Schedule specific times during the day to return calls.

6. Take Smaller Bites
Separate larger projects into smaller bites that can be spread out over time.  This can "free up" time and help keep projects on track. Including deadlines for each smaller piece helps you measure progress.

7. Delegate
Hire a cleaning or maintenance service for home and lawn care. Take an inventory of how responsibilities are currently and revisit how responsibilities are divided.