The great equalizer is time: We all are only given 24-hours per day. It's what we do with those hours that can set us apart from the competition.
What can you do to make the most of your hours and work more efficiently and effectively? Here are
- Plan your upcoming week. Whether you plan your upcoming week on Friday before you leave the office or if you sit down on Sunday and plan for the week ahead, planning is crucial to success. It's a cliche that "if you fail to plan you plan to fail" but it is true. Having a written plan means you can check items off when they're complete.
- Use the RAFT method for emails and other paper that crosses your desk. R = Respond; A = Act; F = File; T = Toss. Regardless of whether its virtual or hard copy respond, act, file or toss each piece of correspondence. You should only touch a piece of paper one time.
- Plan for interruptions. In a perfect world you would be able to sit down and complete your tasks one by one. In the real world you know that phones will ring, colleagues will walk into your office and emails will pop up that need action. If you plan a time during the day to address these interruptions you will be able to work more efficiently. I also advise my clients to jot down on their to-do list those items that popped up, that way if you wonder "where did the day go and what did I complete?" you can see at a glance that you were pulled away from your planned tasks to complete others.
What can you do to make the most of your working hours?
Robbi Hess is an Internet Marketing Guru. She provides professional copy writing (blogging) services, newsletter preparation and dissemination, social media management and much more. If it has to do with your business and its words, her motto is: "Your Words. Your Message. Put Where They Belong." If you're struggling with your company's words or message, contact Robbi.