10 Simple Ways to Save Time

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10 Simple Ways to Save Time

You can’t really save time, but there are many ways to maximize your time.

  1. Set goals. This way you will know what you are striving for. Plan how you will achieve those goals.
  2. Plan your day. Having a reasonable plan for your day will help you focus on each task as it comes up.
  3. Schedule your tasks. If it’s not on your calendar, then it’s just on a wish list.
  4. Delegate. If someone else can perform a task as well or better than you, then let them do it.
  5. Organize your work area. Being able to find what you need, when you need it will save you so much time.
  6. Don’t rush.  Mistakes occur when a job is done in a hurry.  Take the time to do it right in the first place. People who don’t have the time to do something right always seem to have the time to do it over again.
  7. Ask questions. Inadequate communication wastes time. Asking a clarifying question is faster than trying to piece together fractured communications.
  8. Write it down. We all need reminders to prevent tasks from slipping through the cracks.
  9. Recognize you can’t do everything or be all things to all people. This only creates stress. It’s not the stressful environment, but your reaction to it, that does the damage.
  10. Respect the time of others.  No unnecessary interruptions, telephone calls, electronic messages, and correspondence.  Accumulate your questions, concerns, and assignments and interrupt others less frequently.

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Try these 10 simple ways to manage and maximize your time!

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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization.

She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client.

Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.

Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization.

She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client.

Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.

10 Comments

  1. Linda Samuels on July 4, 2022 at 8:29 am

    Such solid wisdom, Janet! The writing things down one really hit me. If I don’t write it down, I ‘might’ remember, but there’s a greater chance I won’t. The value is not only will I be cued to do the thing I want/need to do, but I release extra clutter from my mind. That frees me up to focus on where I am and what I’m doing instead of worrying about what I’m forgetting.

    • Janet Schiesl on July 5, 2022 at 7:17 am

      I’m the same and as I get older it’s even more important for me to write things down. Too much on my mind to keep it all straight.

  2. Julie Bestry on July 4, 2022 at 2:51 pm

    Such much excellent advice (that I’m proud to follow), but especially #7, because when it comes to Ask vs. Guess Culture, I am an inveterate asker. To me, asking before doing goes along with “measure twice, cut once.”

    And oh, if only we could save time, just put it away to use when we need more of it. Skip this slow-moving Sunday and save it for April 14th to have more hours before filing taxes. 😉

    • Janet Schiesl on July 5, 2022 at 7:16 am

      HAHA! It doesn’t work that way. I sometimes wish it would. I think you need downtime to recharge. Sorry about April 14th.

  3. Seana Turner on July 5, 2022 at 6:13 am

    These are all such great tips. #6 is just so important. When we rush, we most likely are not doing our best work. I am much more likely to make mistakes, which then take TIME to go back and fix. Ugh! Slow down, breathe, proceed.

    • Janet Schiesl on July 5, 2022 at 7:13 am

      Yes. It’s a fine line. Moving too fast can cause mistakes, but moving too slow means your are procrastinating.

  4. Diane N Quintana on July 5, 2022 at 8:59 am

    Fabulous tips, Janet, for making the best use of your time. I love them all but if I had to pick one – I would say #3 is my favorite. A list of ‘want to dos’ can be quite lengthy. Taking a couple of extra minutes to schedule when you are going to do what you say you want to do ensures that it will get done.

  5. Janet Schiesl on July 5, 2022 at 9:51 am

    Thanks Diane. I find it interesting that everyone who commented has a different favorite tip. Goes to show that everyone is different and each person needs to find what works for them.

  6. Katherine Macey on July 6, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    I love #4 in particular. When working with a client on their business, I always emphasize the importance of delegation!

    • Janet Schiesl on July 7, 2022 at 6:38 am

      I’m with you. I like delegating tasks at work and at home.

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