Business owners and entrepreneurs understand the role time management plays in a successful operation. Time is, after all, the great equalizer: we all have sixty minutes in an hour, twenty-four hours in a day, seven days in a week. We often see the highest producers spend their time the most efficiently.
As the famous poet and Lincoln biographer Carl Sandburg once wrote,
“Time is the most valuable coin in your life. You and you alone will determine how that coin will be spent. Be careful that you do not let other people spend it for you.”
Sandburg emphasizes that we “be careful” with how we allow others to spend our time for us. Answering emails, chit-chatting by the water cooler, letting meetings drag on, many of us tend to give our time away to others. The time we give away is time we ought to spend on our goals and our ambitions.
Many productivity experts encourage people to pursue High-Value Activties (HVAs): these are activities that either generate revenue directly or indirectly enable you to generate revenue.
Here are some tips for maximizing your time at work:
1. Write everything down
Our brains can get clogged up by the number of thoughts we feed into them each day. Good ideas or important plans can get lost in the tumult of everyday business activities. Writing stuff down prevents your next great idea from being lost.
2. Be Aware of Fake Breaks
We often reward ourselves with three minutes of “wasted time” throughout the day that could better be spent with a real break: taking a walk, calling someone important on the phone, taking a short nap or five-minute meditation. By devoting hours to true work then taking a real break, we can greatly maximize our time at work.
3. Put Social Media On Hold
Social Media is fun but is often eats up more time at work than it should. By closing the tabs on our web browsers. Comment on your cousin’s pictures later, focus on your high-value activities.
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