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We can always use more time, but much of our time is wasted by inefficiency.

Time lost is never found again
-Benjamin Franklin

1. Know what's important to you

2. Start delegating

3. Learn to say no

4. Let go of perfectionism, things out of your control

5. Listen to audio tapes during your commute or household tasks

6. Use a planner that includes a daily to do list, a weekly calendar and a monthly calender, a listing of projects, telephone numbers and important information.

7. Empty out your planner of the clutter and junk.

8. Keep your planner with you at all times.

9. Do not keep a bunch of calendars around. Use only one so everything is in one place.

10. Keep a master list of all the things you need to do, call, see, write, etc. Don't use post-it notes all over. They seem to get lost.

11. Answer routine letters by answering them on the original. Photocopy your message for your own files then send the origianl off.

12. Cut down TV time. Plan your TV time so you only watch the shows you really wanted to see.

13. Lay out all the things you need for the next day, the night before.

14. Tidy your desk before you leave work so it will be clean for the next session.

15. Try to spend time on planning and important things so you are not always "putting out fires."

16. Spend a half and hour a week planning for the upcoming week. Be sure to add the important, but maybe not urgent things.

17. Relax when you are relaxing and work when you are working.

18. Make goals and rewrite goals every few months, so you have a focus.

19. Clear the clutter from your desk.

20. Go through your files once a year to get rid of paper you know longer need. Saves space and time.

21. Get rid of things that don't work, especially pens. Save yourself some frustration.

22. Start with the worst item on your to do list. Everything else will be a piece of cake. You also won't be thinking and dreading about it, while doing other tasks.

23. Be sure to bring things to do like read, write a letter, pay bills etc, when you know you will have to wait someplace.

24. A couple of times a year, keep a time log. Jot down everything you do for a day or two. Then examine where you are wasting a lot of time.


 

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