Drive time: Many of us spend a great deal of time in our cars, and I have 2 recommendations on maximizing your driving time:
1) Try and schedule appointments in the same part of town around the same time of day. By scheduling in advanced and having 2-4 meetings in a similar area, you can reduce the time spent driving back & forth to appointments, as well as saving a few dollars in gas.
2) Have a plan for what to do while in the car. 2 of my favorite things to do while driving are making phone calls and educating myself. The Certified Networker Program recommends making “How are your doing?” phone calls to people in your network to help motivate them – I recommend keeping a list of people you want to call that day or that week to catch up. If not in the mood for a conversation, or it is too early in the morning or evening for a call, you can keep CDs or files on your iPhone/iPod/electronic device to listen to information to help with business and personal development.
Multi-tasking: We have many things to do, and sometimes we try to work on many things at once. Studies have actually shown that we are more productive if we focus on a single task, complete it, and then move on, instead of bouncing back and forth between multiple tasks.
To Do List: By focusing yourself, and creating a list of what things you need to do, you can be better prepared to tackle your tasks. Too many of us have to do lists that are PAGES and PAGES instead of a dozen or so tasks, how do you manage that?
Take a look at your to do list once you make it and see what you can D: Do, delegate, delay and delete.
For the items left to do, I recommend creating your To Do list for the day, and it needs to be a REASONABLE list you CAN do! By doing this, you have focus only on things you can realistically accomplish, you are likely to knock them all out, feel better about your day, and maybe even cross off one or two other items on your longer to do list.
Email: Email has a tendency to overtake our lives and our waking time… a few tips for email:
1) (this is one of the six tips from last week’s blog) Never read emails twice.
2) Only open your email when you have time to answer email
3) Disable your send/receive button. I have found that when the little blue box popped up in my lower right hand corner with an email, I would jump on the opportunity to read & answer it! By disabling my send/receive, or putting it to only send/receive every hour or so, you can stay focused on task and not worry about the fires that are email.
These are a few things I have been doing lately to help save time.
Which will you use? What else do you do to save time?