We’ve all said it, “I’d love to, but I just don’t have time.” We’ve missed things, put things off and just down right forgotten things due to time. In a perfect world time would be abundant and we’d be able to do it all. But the hard truth is, time is not abundant, and there are many times when we can’t do it all. Below are great ways to save time and/or increase your time so you can finally say, “Yes! I’d love to, I have the time!” We are going to save time – one task at a time.
- Delegate & hire a virtual assistant. Come on, you knew that’d be first! Spend a few minutes and make a list of all the tasks you do that you could outsource. That list may include scheduling appointments, expense reports, thank you cards, birthday cards, gift purchasing, travel planning, event planning, calendar management, social media, marketing, database clean up, and the list goes on and on. Hiring a virtual assistant will save you time and money! To find an excellent virtual assistant please check out this great website www.eliteschedulingservices.com.
If you just aren’t able to hire a virtual assistant there are other time saving tips below.
- Put EVERYTHING in your calendar. I even put To Do lists in my calendar. This keeps me organized and on top of things. And I color code items so I can keep track of personal and business.
- Schedule the first 30 minutes of your day to get organized. Just by getting organized and planning each day will save you countless minutes and headaches throughout the day.
- Schedule small chunks of time for interruptions. Interruptions are a part of life and if your scheduling is booked to the second it will save your sanity to relax and plug in some ‘free’ minutes.
- Sign up for bill pay service at your local bank. This sounds simple but it saves so much time each month and surprisingly there are still people in this world NOT using this. You can even set them up to reoccur each month. Since bill pay is often free with your account it also saves you money on postage each month.
- Sign up for a card service like Send Out Cards. You can set up all the cards you need sent out and the service will do it for you! I’ve used this as a virtual assistant and it’s awesome. Plus, you won’t forget anyone.
- Use a social media scheduling system like Edgar. Edgar save you hours of social media scheduling time and it maximize your posts by cataloging them so you never run out of content. Check out Edgar at www.meetedgar.com.
- Hire a driver. What? Well if you are on the road a lot you can get far more work done if someone is driving you around. However, it’s probably less expensive to hire a virtual assistant so they can work for you while you are driving yourself around.
- Make every minute count. If you end up waiting anywhere at any time be prepared to get a little work done. You will probably wait on that morning coffee, at an appointment and on people.
- Tackle the inbox. Stay on top of your emails by spending a few minutes every couple of hours cleaning out your box. If it’s junk delete it immediately, that way when you go back to reply to emails you know what’s important. Also consider creating folders in your inbox to stay organized. For instance if you get emails about Billy’s baseball schedule put them in a folder labeled Billy. If you frequently get newsletters from companies that you enjoy reading slide those to a folder labeled Newsletters. Keeping your inbox organized will also help keep you organized.
I hope you’ll find some of these helpful in creating more time for yourself to do what you love and enjoy! Even if working is what you love and enjoy, you could always use more time.