Turn Spare Moments into Golden Time
Q: “I just don’t have time to get everything done. I’m working as hard as I can. What could I do to be more efficient?
A: “Think about using spare time (when there are no interruptions) to crank out priority items.”
It took me two years to write my book PerfectTIMING . My goal was to provide useful information that would help people gain at least two hours in their day. After I wrote the book, I started to use it to instruct groups and help my clients in how to use their time more effectively and get better results.
What’s interesting,though, is that every day I learn something new that saves a little more time or makes me more effective in my own time management. Here’s an idea I wanted to share that might be helpful to you:
The other day was my wife’s birthday. After we enjoyed a celebratory lunch she visited several shops where we were to purchase a few items. As I sat on the park bench outside the outside stores, I realized I didn’t have my pen and paper to do some work. At first I thought that I would have to wait until I got back to my office.
Then I thought of a time saver: I used the speech-to-text feature on my iPhone to create a report to for client, write my blog for the week, write a newsletter article for a local Chamber and finish the outline of a new seminar I would be doing. I did all of this in about 45 minutes. I was far ahead of where I thought I would be, giving me a beautiful jump on the nex tday.
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF
1. What are some things you could do to save time?
2. Do you understand the value of what you want to implement and what it could do for your life?
3. Who is really good at handling their time that you could learn from?
4. Are you prepared to stick with this strategy long enough to see if it has real value?