Let’s talk about 2 effective time management tips that will transform your life and free up hours in your busy day to focus on other important activities.
Effective Time Management Tip #1 – Automation
We live in a technologically advanced world. There is technology that can help with practically anything – including stretching your time. No, we’re not talking about a time machine that slows or speeds up time itself, but about harnessing the power of technology to automate things.
If you’re just starting out and can’t afford to hire people to help you out, you might consider automating some tasks using technology. Email autoresponders are one such tool. By pre-loading them with a sequence of follow up messages, you can run your customer follow up process entirely hands-free.
This lets you communicate effectively, and one-on-one, with prospects, customers, clients, co-workers or students through email – even without having to invest hours and hours on personalization and checking email obsessively every few minutes.
Similar technology is available for faxing responses to people who call a number. Recorded phone messages played back to callers is another such example. Particularly of interest to home business owners running a business on the Internet is the knowledge of how even multi-million dollar operations can be managed by a handful of ’employees’.
Effective time management tips are not always complex or costly. Some of them can be implemented very inexpensively, and literally overnight. All it takes is some research, planning and access to technology. For example, the entire process of ordering, processing payments and delivering digital products can be set to be hands-off, leaving you with a time saving of several minutes to hours every day.
If a particular task in your daily routine is taking up a lot of time, it is worthwhile investing time and effort to try and find a way to automate it. That focus on automation will be among very effective time management tips which, over a longer period, will pay off richly in terms of time saved.
Effective Time Management Tip #2 – Punctuality
On a trip to Switzerland, what stood out in addition to the lovely, scenic country was the near-perfect adherence to a time schedule. Punctuality seemed to be the watchword by which the entire nation lived!
We spent an idyllic 5 days in Lucerne, Interlaken and Zurich. One thing that stood out was the obsessive punctuality – in everything. Train time-tables were printed out in 2 minute time-frames… which were met every time. In all, we made around 42 different transits, from train, to bus, to ferry, to cable-car… and only in one case was the departure time over 30 SECONDS later than displayed in the printed time-table!
This machine-like precision allowed us to squeeze the maximum benefit from our limited holiday, and we visited more places than we could have if the time schedule had been more sloppy – or ‘normal’!
That’s the effective time management principle we’re striving to implement in our own lives and work. Punctuality in everything you do will save you time. Time that’s better spent on more important things. Time that lets you plan out your day or week with more confidence. Time that allows you to fit in more action into your crowded day.
This can completely transform your level of success and remove any anxiety or frustration from your work in combination with the Time Management Tao approach of discovering how to
- Find your center – know WHAT to do
- Understand your order – know HOW to do it
- Pick your timing – know WHO to use & WHEN
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