10 Additional Time Saving Tips

imagesca83x7i0If you implement even just a few of the time saving tips listed below, you will begin to notice a difference in your workday and your productivity. Even better, you may notice that you have a little more free time.

1. Keep an Organized Workspace
Don’t spend hours rifling through your desk looking for a particular document when you could just implement a filing system and find it in seconds.

2. Back Up Your Files
Create backups of all your important files in case of a computer meltdown. Consider an online service for this purpose.

3. Utilize Shortcuts
Use keyboard and browser shortcuts and keep all your commonly used programs in an easily accessible location.

4. Automate Expenses
Make use of automatic bill pay services whenever possible to avoid late payments and time spent actually paying bills each month.

5. Just Say “No”
Don’t take on tasks just because someone asks you to. If you don’t have the time and it won’t help your business, don’t do it.

6. Make the Most of Down Time
Time spent in waiting rooms, on the subway or even on long elevator rides could be used to update your calendar, write notes or accomplish other simple tasks.

7. Clean Up Old Files
Ridding your computer of old files can not only keep you from having to wade through them while looking for more relevant files, but it can also speed up your computer and save you from a fate of endless loading pages.

8. Use Mobile Apps
There are mobile productivity apps, mobile calendar apps, mobile list apps – all of which can help you accomplish tasks and save time while not in front of a computer.

9. Know Your Habits
If you’re an early bird, get your most important tasks out of the way early. If you’re a night owl, don’t force yourself to turn in big projects in the morning. Play to your strengths.

10. Don’t Over-Schedule
You might be overly optimistic in the morning about how much you can get done that day. But creating a too-full list is only going to overwhelm you later in the day.


Magically Finding Time

imagesCAU3C46QProcrastination may be the thief of time, yet the upside for many people is that they accomplish SO much in avoiding the primary task. I know that I can be highly efficient in a short period when I am doing my very best to dodge an action that may be as simple as making a phone call. “Just do it!” is the mantra of relief after you’ve, “Just done it!” and of course, the recriminations that often follow. “That wasn’t so difficult, why did I make such a big deal about calling ___? Thinking about it took up so much of my time. I’m sure I won’t let that happen again.” Ah, yes or is it simply a matter of wishful thinking?

Is there a learning curve? Will a positive result after making the dreaded phone call or having the difficult conversation ensue? It depends on what the real payoff is in procrastinating or is it just a matter of not managing your time efficiently?

Begin keeping a log of how you are spending your precious time. Use a desk top style calendar and colored markers to track your daily activities. We know that people who record their food intake daily in a food diary are far more successful in losing weight than those who guess at the same. Seeing is believing and with 24 hours in each day, your goal is not to simply use up the hours, but with a calendar, you have a strong visual record of how the hours were spent.

Look at the downtime you really have. Is it 2 or 10 hours weekly? What have you been missing out on? Is it only a dream to learn a new language, read more novels, take up a new sport or pursue a hobby? Only you know what’s missing and what you are willing to discover about your “time habits”. When you turn your attention to something that you want to do, time will no longer disappear. In fact, you may sense that you have discovered something entirely new and actually expanded the minutes in a day to accommodate your newfound interest.