Thursday, October 15, 2009

5 ways to save even more time!

One of the most common goals my clients tell me about is that they want more time. If you can relate, I have good news for you - if you put just one of these tips into practice, you will save hours every week!

1. Play to your strengths: With everything in life, I believe you should play to your strengths.

If you're terrible at cleaning your house, hire a cleaning lady. If you're not great at organizing, hire a professional organizer.


2. Learn to prioritize: When you know how to prioritize, even if you only get one or two things done daily, they will always be the right things and not just busy work.


3. Set up systems: Systems save you space, time, energy, money and stress. Meal planning is a system for organizing and preparing meals. Regular computer back-up is another system to keep your computer running smoothly.


4. Learn to say no: Saying no helps you set strong boundaries. What do you have to say no to so that you can say yes to your goals this year? When you stop saying yes to other people's agendas, you'll free up time in your own.


5. Work smarter: Group tasks so that you only do preparation ONCE. When you cook supper, cook double and put the extra meal in the freezer. It takes almost no extra time but will save you at least 30 minutes when you use that frozen meal.


Make your work do double duty. If you type a certain type of email often, make an auto text entry and save the template. If you write a comment on a blog, expand that same comment and write a blog post of your own.

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Don't get overwhelmed - work on just one of these tips consistently until it becomes a habit and then keep adding another until you have them all mastered.

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