Working smarter not harder - Time Management tips

Oct 14 2015

Working smarter not harder – Time Management tips

Time seems just to speed up around this time of they year. Shops have been stocking Christmas products for weeks – ‘Only 10 weeks to go’ messages pop up everywhere, calendars are filling fast to squeeze in appointments and catch-ups. It seems to get harder and harder to maintain an effective work – life balance and being productive at the same time.

There are 1,440 minutes in a day and some people just seem to be more effective in ‘getting things done’ than others.

Kevin Kruse has interviewed seven billionaires, 13 Olympic athletes, and 239 entrepreneurs and here is some tips from  the most successful people on the planet, which we hope you find inspiring for your own daily grind.

Richard Branson:

“One of my favorite tricks is to conduct most of my meetings standing up. I find it to be a much quicker way of getting down to business, making a decision, and sealing the deal. When given the opportunity, I often like to take things a step further–literally, with a walking meeting.”

Do you know the feeling of being stuck in a meeting where solutions and decisions are just postponed? I think this is a great fresh approach.

“I think the number one thing that I take with me when I’m traveling is the notebook … I could never have built the Virgin Group into the size it is without those few bits of paper … If you have a thought but don’t write it down, by the next morning it may be gone forever.”

I always find myself forgetting things if I don’t note them down on paper, my notebook or phone.

Mike Cannon-Brookes, co-founder of Atlassian (techonolgy business)

“Do one thing at once. Stop multitasking!”

Nathan Blecharczyk, co-founder of Airbnb:

“I try to fill my calendar in reverse, from the end-of-day to earlier; I try to reserve the morning for doing ‘real work.’ I find I can focus more in the morning, whereas it’s harder to get focused after having been bombarded by meetings, so I try to save meetings for later in the day.”

Change is the only constant

The topic of time management is very intriguing and crucial for every business to think about ways to improve and change to operate better. We have compiled a list of some more great time management tips to take on board.

  • Complete most important tasks first. This is the golden rule of effective time management. Decide what task is most urgent and will have the most impact. matrix
  • Learn to say ‘no’. Sometimes too many commitments makes it impossible to take care of the ones we really care about. Value your time and other people will do the same.
  • Exercise and eat healthily. Exercise is the best stress release and allows to clear your head. A good work out and healthy food will boost your energy levels and keep you focused on the tasks at hand.

  • Take a time out. Dedicate some staff and customer free time with no distractions. I helps to just have that quiet focused work time.

 

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