What is the value of your time? Ensure you’re using it wisely and increase your own productivity…

You’ve probably heard it before, but time is the greatest equaliser… we all have exactly the same! So productivity counts. You’ve probably noticed how some people seem to manage to accomplish a whole lot more than others in the same amount of time… and may have wondered how they do it.

The ‘never enough time’ syndrome is a typical problem I notice with clients when I start working with them and very common to the business owner who is still very central to their business. Everyone wants a piece of them and productivity is greatly affected.

If this sounds like you, the first thing I always recommend, is to carry out a simple time log… for at least a week and write down exactly what your time is being spent on. Interestingly enough, just the process of doing this usually increases productivity! When you have a clear list of all the tasks you are doing in the business, run it through a ‘4D’ filter system…

Delegate it…

Does it have to be done by you, or could it be delegated to someone else in your team? If this is the case, systemise the process and train them to do it the way you want it done.

Delay / Defer it…

Are there tasks that can be deferred? Or done less often? For example, do you need to check emails every hour, or would twice a day be enough? This alone could free up an hour or more a day.

Delete it!

Inevitably, there is always stuff that simply doesn’t need to be done! What can you simply get rid of? Are there tasks that aren’t adding value to your business, or helping you to work forwards towards your longer term goals?

Do it…

Does it have to be done by you? Is it a task that will move your business forwards? If the answer is yes, then set aside time in your diary and get it done. By following this 4D filter system your to-do list should be a lot shorter and filled with tasks that will move the business forward.

Be aware of the value of your own time and ensure you’re using it wisely… after all, time is a limited resource so how we use it is essential.

For more information on using your time productively, check out my blog on using a default diary...