Becoming More Efficient Now That Daylight Savings Time Has Changed
As Latino entrepreneurs and CEOs (Chief Everything Officers) there are no limits to what we can achieve. Well, except for stopping time.
No matter what line of business you’re in, time is your most precious commodity, and until someone discovers how to slow down time or turn back the clock, these tips for making your days more productive will have to do.
- Shutdown Distractions When You Need to Focus. Preparing for an important meeting or pitch? Set the phone on airplane mode, close your email and hold all calls. Without distractions, you’ll be more effective and time efficient.
- Maintain a “To-Do” List. At the end of each day, prepare for success by creating a list of tasks that will quickly get you going the next day. As you cross completed items, you’ll feel accomplished and you’ll have more time for working on the business instead of only in the business.
- It’s Ok To Say No. In business, doing things that are not in line with your company’s interests cost money. It’s better to feel bad temporarily and say no, than to say agree to do something you’re not equipped to do, disappoint, and lose money in the process. This one is tough for me.
- Surround Yourself With Positive and Enthusiastic People. We all need our personal batteries and spirits recharged. It’s easy to doubt our decisions, and seeing others going for it makes us trust our decisions a bit more and creates positive forward movement in our schedules. Consider working at a shared-space with startup entrepreneurs and generally positive people (IndieDesk in DTLA is a great example).
- Slay The Dragons. Those tasks you’ve been putting off for days, they’re dragging you down. They consume your thoughts and time. Attack them first so you can think more clearly and feel liberated and accomplished.
- Get Moving. Get 30-minutes of physical activity every day, in morning, during lunch or at the end of the day. Just make the time. Feeling tired or lazy sucks up valuable time.
- Delegate. If you have a team, use them. If you don’t have one, look into outsourcing. Virtual assistants, bookkeepers, programmers, etc., can save time and frustration. Another solution is to automate. There might be an app out there designed to do what is taking you longer to accomplish. Ask for help in the comments section or on our Facebook page.
- Jot It Down. Personally, I like the “Keep” app on Google, but there are many, and of course pen and paper always work. Have you ever sat down and tried to remember something from earlier as the clock ticks away? Precious time wasted!
- Put It On The Calendar. If you have tasks that require your attention each week, create a schedule. Rather than scrambling to find time to get it done, accounting, payroll and reporting can typically be done at the same time each week. The calendar will create a good habit.
What keeps you efficient in your organization?
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