We All Have 24-Hours in a Day

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Submitted by kristin on Sun, 04/22/2012 - 19:58

What do you, Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg and the guy with the cardboard sign on the corner all have in common? You all have 24-hours in a day. It’s what you do with those 24 hours that matters.

As a founding member in a side business start-up, I have realized my most precious commodity is time. Take it a step further. ANYONE’s most precious asset in life is time. Make the most of it.

I have had to learn how to juggle BOBEC Apps, my full-time “real” job, making sure my friends and family still remember what I look like, and finding time to do all those life-maintenance things every now and then (i.e. sleep/laundry/buy groceries). So, it is a common quest to become the most efficient in completing my daily task list. Yes, I write a new one first thing each morning; although, they seem to be fairly ambitious as of late.

I recently gave a presentation at a conference about business multitasking and passed along some of my thoughts and hard-learned lessons to date. Here a just a few on being efficient with time:

1. You will be working nights/weekends. There is no way to avoid this. Deal with it. What’s that saying? Live like no-one else now so you can live like no-one else later.

2. Learn to make lists. This allows your brain to go 100 miles an hour on the important stuff and not worry about remembering to buy bread. I love making my to-do lists each morning. This keeps me sane and gives me direction for the rest of the day. I have found it also helps keep the stress level under control.

3. Edit and prioritize. Edit those lists to determine what is REALLY necessary to accomplish goal XYZ . Identify what the most important items are and try to do them first so when you run out of time (and you will), the big stuff is already done. You can reach level 5 of Angry Birds tomorrow.

4. No TV. This may seem a little harsh, but you get my drift. Limit your low ROI activities. I was actually surprised the other day when someone was talking about American Idol. I had no idea the show was still on.

5. Plan. If you have to run errands, map them out so you don’t waste time driving back and forth. This goes for all your to-dos. Plan the most efficient way to get things done.

6. Learn to say no. This is probably the hardest one for me. Don’t set up a meeting just to have a meeting. Don’t volunteer for that extra activity. Don’t offer to walk your neighbor’s dog. Don’t agree to bake 1,000 cupcakes for your niece’s bake sale.

Well, I think that about covers it for now. I have other items on my task list calling my name. Check.