What would you do with an extra 500 hours per year? With these time management strategies, that’s how much extra time you could find in your agen poker.
Time – it’s the one thing you can’t buy more of. Once it’s gone, it’s impossible to get back. By the time you finish reading this sentence, you’ll have less time in your day than when you started.
Time is sobering in this regard. But it’s also the great equalizer.
We all have the same number of hours in a day and the same number of days in a year. As a business owner, your goal should be to make better use of your time than the competition does with theirs. By being more resourceful, you gain an instant advantage – one that can’t be bought or retroactively claimed.
The 10-hour mission
This isn’t an article about clearing your schedule so that you only have to work one day per week. That’s not realistic. Instead, we want to focus on something much more manageable. The objective is to trim the fat on your daily schedule to save two hours per day.
If you can save two hours per day, that comes out to 10 hours per week. Assuming you work 50 weeks a year, that’s a grand total of 500 hours per year – 13 complete workweeks (an entire fiscal quarter!).
What would you do with an extra 500 hours per year? This time could be reallocated to more important business tasks, or pocketed and used to pursue a hobby, connect with your family, invest in relationships, or improve your health and well-being. The options are endless.
It all starts with eliminating two wasted hours per day, which is far easier than most business owners realize.
Don’t think you have two wasted hours in your day? Think again. There are numerous tasks, habits and processes that can be optimized, delegated, deleted or restructured. While it could require a little more time on the front end, the time savings compound on the back end.
Here are six opportunities to save time.
1. Use task batching.
You might think you’re skilled at multitasking, but you would be one of the very few exceptions to the rule. The human brain isn’t designed to efficiently oscillate between tasks. In fact, research shows that it takes an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to return to the original task after an interruption. This is where task batching can help.
Task batching is the process of grouping similar tasks together and knocking them out consecutively. This cuts down on interruptions and prevents your mind from shifting back and forth.
You can use task batching in various ways. Some people like to use one day for meetings, one day for accounting, one day for creative work, etc. Other people segment their days by dedicating one-hour blocks to things like email, blogging or cold calling.
2. Outsource content creation.
Most content marketers take one to two hours to write a 500-word blog post. If you consider that current best practices call for publishing at least one 1,500- to 2,000-word blog post every week or two, this means content creation takes the average marketer a minimum of three hours per week.
Let’s face it: If you don’t have a background in copywriting, you might not be the most efficient or skilled writer. You might be able to hammer out a pretty decent blog post every now and then, but it takes way too much time. This is time that could be saved if you’re willing to outsource content creation.
Remember that time is money. If you know your time is worth $175 per hour, why are you hesitant to hire a copywriter who charges you $100 an hour? Take the emotion out of it. We’re talking about simple math.
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