As a business owner you’re perennially strapped for time and stretched to the breaking point.
So where is the best place to look to find more time?
Some people say get into the office earlier, other say stay later, and still others suggest you come in and work on the weekends. All of these can help, but they don’t deal with the real underlying time issue. What I tell our business coaching clients is that you don’t need to work longer hours (you’re likely already working too many hours as it is), but rather you need to get more value from the hours you are currently working.
The first place to work to “find” more time is to carefully audit the low value junk time you’re already doing so you can replace this low value work with higher order activities.
Action Step: Time Log (1 week)
Keep track of your time in 5 minute increments for one week. Log what you do and note any tasks that you’re doing that you could either pay someone else $30 or less per hour to do, or that would have very little real consequences if you delayed or simply didn’t do them.
These are your low value “junk food” hours. And if we carry that analogy forward a moment, what’s the easiest way to lose weight? Is it to work out for an hour a day at the gym? It isn’t. The easiest way to lose weight is to replace the junk food, empty calories that you eat with healthier options.
To find more time do the same thing. Identify your junk time tasks then apply the 4 “D’s” to them, reinvesting the saved time in higher value activities.
This is the easiest place to make changes because consequences of dropping or delegating these junk tasks are small.
So list all the junk activities you do on a weekly basis. Once you’ve identified them, you can apply the following “four Ds” to get them off your plate.
I’ve seen the above formula work magic for clients, helping them get a bridgehead to reduce their working hours and reclaim a sense of control about their business day.
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Originally published at www.inc.com