Being efficient is not an easy task. It takes years of practice to really pull it off well. We are so consumed with our busy lives that we sometimes put off what is important for those things that are least important. As a business owner it is important to keep your productivity high and earn more money.
The problem is that we have so much going in our lives and businesses we feel that becoming more organized with our tasks will be too time consuming. It is true that anything you want to do in life will take you some time. You still manage to get to work because it pays you, you have the time to do your business tasks because you earn money, and you have time to brush your teeth. Why not focus on those things that earn you a higher income.
Let me give a snap shot of my life. I work full-time in human resource management at a busy casino, attend school full-time for my Ph.D, run a online publishing business that earns revenue from advertisement (lots of articles must be written), teach as a professor part-time and have lots of extra-curricular activities. Sounds like a heavy load right?
Even though I am busy I still have time to enjoy these recreational activities. How do I do it? I listed those activities that earn me the most money and I do them first. Once I complete those tasks I move onto those that are most important in maintaining my business (i.e. writing articles). When I have work time left I focusing on trying things that keep my business improving.
When possible it is always a good idea to combine tasks. For example, I will write reports for my Ph.d. on marketing, accounting, ethics, etc. I then break these reports into pieces that can be used in articles. Thus I have effectively shot two birds with one stone. The more tasks I can combine like exercise and recreational activities the more time I save.
The second tip that has become beneficial is to compartmentalize projects so that they are continuously being worked on. Let us say that I am building a new website. Instead of trying to allocate it to a weekend where I might conveniently find something else to do I work on it each and everyday. This may only be a half hour a day but by the time the week is over I have spent 3-4 hours on the project.
Keeping good timing and productivity is helpful if you combine projects. I am sure that if you think about it you will not have any problem on seeing how some tasks work well with others. Likewise, it is beneficial to work on projects in small steps and regularly. Finally, keeping productive and earning more revenue requires that you focus primarily on your important tasks and not on those that waste your time.