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Conquer time

What happened to time anyway?

You barely have time to get up in the morning until it's time to go to bed again. Do you recognize this?

I often wonder if there is any malicious person that makes fun of me. I've barely had time to start working until it's lunch. I hardly had time to start working this afternoon until it's time to go home. Or rather, this was this last spring. Now it's different because I have learned to defeat time - and you can do it, too.

Here are some things you can consider doing to defeat time:

1. Get up earlier in the morning and got to work before everyone else does, so you will have time to take care of things that have been lying around. (On Fridays, you can, of course, go home at lunch instead because everything has already been taken care of).

2. Prohibit people from wasting your time. If you have a colleague who always arrives late for meetings – tell him/her that you can't afford to waste the time. If you have a problem with letting people respect your time, just tell them well in advance that at such and such time you need to do other things and you only have half an hour to spare. It usually teaches lazy people to change their habits.

3. Make your phone calls more effective – stop chit chatting, in other words. Phone babble can steal at least one hour a day. There are, of course, good and bad ”babble”. Differentiate between relationship-babble and stuff that you just talk about to avoid having to work (I'm exactly the same and I'm always looking for a way to escape my duties.)

4. Work when you are most alert. Maybe you're a night person – if so, consider dealing with demanding tasks at night. On my part, I would rather work at midnight than at 8 am.

5. Watch less TV. Select which program you really want to see and ignore the rest. And, do I dare to say it, turn off the TV completely one day a week and see how it feels.

6. If you drive to work - listen to something stimulating. Listen to music that inspires you or why not an interesting audio book?

7. Before you do anything - anything – else, ask yourself these questions:
• Is this really important to do right now?
• Is it important to do it at all?
• Is it really something I should do?

8. Sort out all the little things you do that don't contribute to anything of value. In other words, put a price on your time and set the task to the price to see if it's worth doing it.

9. Check your e-mail twice a day instead of thirty.

About the author

Stefan Ekberg has worked in marketing for small business for 20 years and has written around 30 books on how small business owners can market themselves with limited resources. . In 2012 Stefan was nominated as Entrepreneur of the Year in Stockholm.

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