How much would you be willing to pay for just a little bit of extra time each day? Many people are willing to pay by adopting time-saving tricks and tools to better manage their days. Yet they still feel like they are constantly running out of time. This is especially true for busy entrepreneurs who are already working hard to keep their business running. But these tricks can help you buy back a little of your time each day.
Trick #1: Take a break. This might sound crazy, but science has proven that taking breaks can actually help you improve your productivity. Taking a quick fifteen minute break can help you refocus. When you take a break, you allow your mind time to wander – and you may just stumble onto a better idea when you’ve had time to think than when you attempt to work through a problem.
Trick #2: Go for a walk. Just as your mind needs a break, your body needs a physical release from work. Get outside, breathe in nature and allow the natural endorphins that are released when you are outside and active to do their work. When you get back from your walk, you will find you have more energy and can tackle your tasks more efficiently.
Trick #3: Sell your time. This might sound crazy, but if you are finding that no matter how hard you try you just can’t find the time to take a break or do anything for yourself, start selling yourself your own time. Carve out time in your schedule that you can earn for accomplishing tasks. For example if you finish a report by a certain deadline, you can earn 40 minutes of relaxation. It creates a reward system that motivates you to work harder because you are selling yourself what you most want: time.
Trick #4: Start working on large projects ahead of time. When you do a chunk of work each day, you won’t feel so overwhelmed and will feel more productive. Tackling a large project a little bit each day will inspire you to finish those small tasks so you have more time to finish your big project by the deadline.
There are many tricks to the time saving game, but what you must do is find ways to see time as a reward. When you recognize that your time is precious, you will learn to use it more wisely and you will find you have more of it. Use these tricks as a start to help you begin to take control and find the time you always seem to be missing!