A Little Time Management goes a long way. Below is a brief edit of what Entrepreneur.com suggests. It was a little long (go figure. a time management list that’s too long to read) The full list can be found at http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/219553 if, of course, you find the time.
- Take notes throughout your day. If you have a smart phone this should be easy. For conference calls try and use a service that let’s you record the conversation. Like most entrepreneurs these calls are taken on the fly. You are probably only mentally present for 60% of the call.
- To-do lists get longer and longer and don’t work. Appointment books work. Schedule appointments with yourself and create time blocks for high-priority thoughts, conversations, and actions. Schedule when they will begin and end. This will help create a more efficient use of your day.
- We are not robots. Taking time to navigate through thoughts allows for ideas not to be forgotten. Block out an hour to simply walk around the block or grab ice cream.
- Schedule time for interruptions. Things pop up. Emergency call from your supplier. Or your assistant has to leave early for his son’s soccer practice, and now you have to run the report yourself. Pace your day for sudden changes.
- Take the first 30 minutes of every day to plan your day. This gives an overview of everything on your plate. Sort of like the “overview” option on Google Maps or a fortuneteller that’s sees your appointment book before you sit with her.
- Take five minutes before calls and tasks to decide what result you want to attain. This will keep the call concise. More time for that walk your going to take.
- Put up a “Do not disturb” sign when you absolutely have to get work done. Not literally. But, facing your phone down or putting in headphones even if no music is playing. People will think twice before tapping your shoulder.
- Schedule a “miscellaneous” 20 minutes to respond to whatever you missed while the “Do not Disturb” sign was up.
- Remember that it’s impossible to get everything done. But you probably didn’t read this far down.
Words By De’Von Christopher Johnson