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We all have time restraints on our business. Maybe for you its your kids, or your 9-5, or even client one-on-one work gets in the way. No matter what it is that trips you up, it’s important to use time wisely and not to get caught up in excuses.
We all know that launching and growing a business takes a huge investment of time and energy, so here are 4 time saving tricks that I use everyday to carve out time for worthwhile projects.
Turn off notifications + eliminate distractions from others
Something happened when I started getting busier… it suddenly felt like everything got really noisy and dings, chimes, unwanted emails and notifications were always interrupting what I was working on.
By eliminating these nagging distractions, it enabled me to keep focus on the projects that really matter to me and my business. To keep up with my favorite blogs, I moved most of them out of email and into Flipboard. This is an app that lets you keep up with blogs and media by creating your own electronic newspaper. I also subscribed to podcasts that I regularly listen to on Stitcher and youtube channels that I watch so that the latest show is ready when I am.
Create time limitations + block your own distractions
According to Parkinsons’s Law, “work expands to fill the time available for its completion” so sometimes creating an artificial deadline can produce the same quality of work in a shorter amount of time.
I love artificial deadlines, especially when it comes to tasks and projects that can drag on. Try this: limit yourself to 30 minute bursts to make things happen distraction-free. Close down Facebook, don't check emails and set a timer for 100% focus on one task.
Batch like tasks
When I first started working independently, I struggled with always feeling busy and strangely not having much accomplished to show for it. I heard about this simple concept of batching tasks and this concept is so simple yet completely turned around my workflow.
Batching similar tasks together in chunks will decrease the amount time you waste transitioning between projects and increase your productivity. Let’s face it, multitasking is a waste of time and can exhaust and sneaks away time that should be spent on doing more productive things.
If there is something you find valuable to work on but you just can’t find the time to work on it, maybe its time to reevaluate and tweak your idea into a more simplified version. I challenge you to find something that you can simplify, focus and rethink your approach.