Laura Vanderkam contributed an article to CBS MoneyWatch entitled, 7 Ways to Make Each Hour Count More. As we know, it is easy to find ourselves working nine or 10 hours a day on a regular basis and more than 12 hours on certain occasions. Fortunately, we can’t work 25 hours per day without changing the laws of space and time. However, some people seem to get more done than others. There is a reason for this. Highly productive people tend to have certain disciplines that enable them to make each hour count more. It’s not enough to be efficient — though of course they are.
Laura says that “squeezing more minutes out of an hour by scheduling shorter phone calls is the equivalent of cutting coupons to lower a grocery bill.” However, the big payoffs require more. Interviews with some highly successful and effective people revealed seven daily practices.
Three (3) of these practices resonated with me, but you can read the original article here.
- Mind your hours. Know exactly how long things take and how long you work, so you can optimize your hours based on reality, not fantasy.
- Know what work is. Evaluate the opportunity costs of all claims on your time. Say no to anything that isn’t moving you forward. Say yes to things that make you more productive — like taking breaks — even if it doesn’t immediately look like work.
- Practice. Spend time every day working to get better at the skills associated with your job.
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