Time management tips are appreciated by all of us who work on the Internet and constantly feel pressed for time. I learned long ago that it was more about managing our time in order to reach optimal performance and productivity, because we all have the same twenty-four hours in our days. People continue to tell me how productive online I am, and I know that this is a key factor in my huge success over these past few years. I wanted to share some of my best tips with you.
First, keep a record of how you spend your time each day. Do this for a typical workday and also for a day off. That will give you an indication of times throughout your day where you may be wasting time or not making the best of it in a particular situation.
For example, I have a meeting I attend every month that is held at a location more than thirty miles from my house. I live in the Los Angeles area, so I never know just how long it will take me to get there because of the traffic. I was leaving my house ninety minutes before the meeting was to start just to make sure I was not late. Sometimes I would arrive just in time to get in and take my seat, whereas on other occasions I would be there almost an hour early. Now I always leave ninety minutes early, but the difference is that I now bring my Kindle and a small notebook with me so that I have something to work on while I am waiting in my car. Over the past year I have probably created about two full workdays out of the time I would have spent just sitting and waiting for the meeting to get started without having any materials with me to work on.
Second, make a list of the activities you are doing on a regular basis that could be done by someone else. I used to dread waiting in line at the post office. I would justify this wait by checking my email on my phone or reading through my mail, but it was a weekly time waster more than anything. I found someone to help me with some other household errands, and she is now the person who goes to the post office once a week for me. By delegating this activity, I freed up six hours a month. It also feels good to be employing someone who needs to make some extra money, so it’s a win-win situation.
Third, schedule some time just for yourself each day. I found that by doing this I was much more productive throughout the remainder of the day. The best time management tips sometimes include things that actually take more of our time!
I’ve put together a list of the books I consider to be the most useful when you are looking for some serious time management tips reading materials. My new book on this topic is now available on Amazon’s Kindle here: Time Management Strategies for Entrepreneurs – How to Manage Your Time to Increase Your Bottom Line.