Ten Ways To Gain An Extra Hour Every Day

Written by Sean McPheat | Linkedin thumb

Businessman holding a pocket watchWhat would you do with an extra 30 days a year? That’s a whole month! Wow, I know what I’d do, and it would be very valuable to my clients!

All you need to do is grab one extra hour every day and you’ve achieved that goal. Here are some things you can do that will easily achieve this:

* Plan your day the night before, and set your alarm one hour earlier. Take that time for reflection, planning, assessing what will make this day great

* Make a will-do list and stick to it. You simply can’t do everything that you want to do in a day, so make a ‘will-do’ list, things that will actually save you time in the long run

* Watch out for others who waste your time. Cutting down on wasted emails, phone calls, interruptions and meetings can easily buy back some valuable time

* Tackle those ‘elephant’ jobs first. You know how to eat an elephant…one bite at a time. So approach a big job in segmented parts and plan to achieve a specific goal in the shortest time. Planning effectively will concentrate the mind and help you achieve more, quicker

* Plan to double up on tasks. For example, collect some more stationery while you make the trip to the next meeting. It will create a feeling of urgency and stop you from making unnecessary journeys later

* Keep envelopes and paper and stamps in your car. You won’t have to waste time making a special trip to the post office for just a small number of items

* Delegate efficiently. This will give you time to do things only you can do. Can you get admin support to do some paperwork for you? That frees you up to do the tasks only you can complete

* Work hardest at the times when you are most alert. This could be early morning or late afternoon…it doesn’t matter. All of us are most efficient and effective at certain times, so achieve more when you are feeling at your best

* Multi-tasking has proved for many to be more time-consuming than focusing on one thing at a time. So, to identify the best use of your time, focus and concentrate so you get good quality

* If you haven’t followed tip 1, then spend some time at the end of the day determining what you learned from the day and how you can apply those ideas with your next clients

If you identify just one or two things from this list, it will spur you on to achieve more in less time, and you’ll create a lot of energy from gaining an extra hour every day.

Happy Selling!


Sean McPheat

Sean McPheat
Managing Director

MTD Sales Training

450 sales questions free report

Originally published: 5 November, 2010

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