Ever heard that old adage that ‘Time Is Money’? Of course you have. The thing about clichés, of course, is that they’re only clichés because they’re pretty accurate. Your time equals money, and when you waste it you are literally flushing the day’s monetary potential right down the drain. We all have unproductive moments in our day, but with a little acknowledgment and a lot of structure, you can cut the unproductive moments down and make the most of your finite workday.
The biggest part of being productive is being organized with time management. One way that you can do this is to allot certain timeframes for certain tasks. It seems like a no-brainer, right? In some ways it is, but sometimes things come up and throw your entire day for a loop. That’s okay, just bump the next task to a new time slot and keep on keeping on.
Say Goodbye To Distracting Habits
There’s nothing wrong with leaving your email open on your desktop and taking a peak when something new comes in, but unless you’re expecting something important you simply don’t need to be on your email that often. If you’ve got a deadline, close it down and check when you’re finished your task. In fact, if you don’t need the internet for research, turn it off and remove the distraction altogether.
Challenge Your Perspective
9am, 10am, 11am… the clock drags on and you’re feel as though you’re no further through a task now than you were when you began. Maybe it’s not the task, but rather your perspective that’s holding you back. Instead of looking at the hours on the calendar as the time before you get to get into comfy pants and sit on the couch, look at the hours as dollar figures. When you make money a part of your day, you suddenly find that you work harder to get through the tough stuff.
There are a lot of simple ways to make your day more productive, and most of them come with starting small. It doesn’t have to be a massive undertaking, but it can make a massive difference to your wallet.