9 More Tips To Get Back An Hour A Day


9 More Tips To Get Back An Hour A Day

In my previous Smallville article, I provided nine tips to getting back an hour a day.

And the feedback was ‘are there any more, please?’

So here are 9 More Tips To Get Back An Hour A Day.

And like the previous nine tips I’ve already given you, it is all about determining what’s going to work best for you, and implementing just a couple at each stage and building on them, so you are consistently applying them, each and every day.

1. Watch out for shiny objects.

Be aware of those things which distract you from your key focus areasFor many people, the biggest distraction is social media; the newest and necessary ‘evil’ in businesses.  If this is you, look at tools like Hootsuite and Buffer, which can schedule your social media posts across multiple platforms.

2. Use A Timer.

Use a timer to limit (or focus) your time on particular activities and stop when it dings.

3. Time Saving Software.

Look at alternatives to email when managing your tasks. Many businesses now use software like Asana, Slack, MeisterTask etc. to manage tasks and communication within projects and teams rather than clogging up emails.

4. Write it Down.

Use Post-It-Notes – virtual or paper – to manage the lists upon lists that highlight what needs to be done, by whom and by when.

5. A Day Without Technology.

Have a day without your mobile phone, or even better yet, a Technology Free Day.

Some businesses have implemented an Email Free Day across their entire organisation to not only get people up and out of their chairs and talking to each other but to help them become more proactive rather than reacting to every email or phone call.

6. Work Offsite.

Spend an hour working somewhere other than your office. You’d be amazed at how much clarity and productivity comes with a simple change of scenery; be it a beach, rainforest, coffee shop or local library.

7. Don’t be out of the office every day.

Help educate yourself, your team and your clients to the times and days you take meetings, so you’re building an even more proactive small business.  

Of course, you need to be flexible to meet a client’s requirements if it doesn’t fit into this schedule, but it should work at least 80% of the time.  This simple change will help you to start running your business your way, rather than having everyone else dictating the terms.

8. Be the Tortoise and not the Hare.

Don’t always be in a rush to agree to everything, especially when it comes to adding products and services to your offerings, or chasing a tender/funding opportunity.  Instead, take a breath and see what saying yes actually means – for you and your small business.  Acting as the tortoise for even five minutes is better than always being the hare.

9. Do it. Diarise it. Delegate it. Delete it.

The four Ds are a simple way to remember how to deal with a task such as emailing.  And as you can see, there is no ‘ignore it’ because this strategy is all about making a decision about what to do next, even if that’s just to diarise to deal with it in an hour.

So what strategies will you embrace to regain the Power of an Hour? 

How will you chunk down your day, so you are always spending at least an hour a day, not only more productively, but working on your business, not just in it?

By embracing the power of an hour, you will continue to build a simple, profitable business you actually love…. one brick (aka 15 minute chunk) at a time.

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