Last week, some Certified Networkers and I brainstormed ways to save time in our life, and one of the tips that I shared came from a Tuesday Tips email newsletter that I receive from Andy Bounds.
He shared six ways to help you save time.
• Focus on the ‘do’ first: when communicating, focus first on what you want others to do after it, rather than first thinking what you want to say. Once you know the ‘do’, ask yourself ‘what is the minimum I need to say, to convince and help them to do it?’
• Shorten meetings: ten people meeting for an hour is ten man-hours of resource. Does the agenda really warrant that level of investment?
• Never read emails twice: opening an email, reading, closing and leaving it in your inbox leaves your ‘e-desk’ untidy… and means you will read it again (and again… and again). To make sure you never read emails twice, do one of the Ds: Deal with it, Delete it, Delegate it or Diarise to reply later. Then, remove it from your inbox.
• Use your commute time effectively: fascinating though free newspapers are, there are probably more productive things to do on the way to work.
• Use the right channel: A conference call where twenty people listen to someone download information would often have been a better (and shorter) email.
• Shut up: when you want someone to do something, and they say ‘yes’, stop talking!
Each of these tips have to do with communication.
If you implemented them, how much time would you save every week?
I put in bold the 3rd tip, which I have been using for the past few weeks… and it has saved me time by effectively managing my email as well as reduced my stress by keeping my emails in my inbox down to a couple, instead of a couple dozen or hundred!
What do you do to save yourself some time?