One of my favorite business books is B. Eugene Griessman’s “Time Tactics of Very Successful People.” It’s concise, easy to read and, as you’d expect, gets right to point. While this book has been around for several years, its recommendations remain valuable — especially for entrepreneurs looking to squeeze more out of their already jammed packed days.
Here are eight time management tactics from the book that may help you streamline your business operations:
Bill yourself. Keep a log of your time the way many lawyers and accountants do. It can be a useful diagnostic tool and have shock value when you see how much time is simply unaccounted for.
Don’t try to remember everything. Write it down. “If the tasks are written down, you can sleep more soundly,” writes Griessman. “Otherwise, your mind may disturb you all night long with the message: ‘Don’t Forget. Don’t Forget. Don’t Forget.'”
Be a contrarian. Check out of your hotel, dine in restaurants and schedule flights during off hours. You’ll avoid long lines by doing things when no one else is doing them.
Learn to listen. If you listen to what your customers really want, you’ll avoid wasting time and money on what they don’t want and won’t buy.
Join the Five O’Clock Club. Not everyone likes getting up before the sun rises, but those who do enjoy many advantages — including quiet, uninterrupted time that can be used to get a lot done.
Don’t adopt other people’s pet monkeys. First thing you know, they’ll want to put one on your back. Don’t take on every problem or responsibility (i.e., monkeys) that other people want to give you.
Learn to delegate. If someone else can do it quicker, better or less expensively than you can, get them to do it.
Make appointments with yourself. Use them to go to the gym or do other things that matter to you personally. Once these appointments are on your schedule, protect them the same way as any other appointment.
What about you? Have any favorite time management tactics to share?