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Counting Down The 10 Biggest Time Wasters: #4
Encourager-In-Chief: August 1, 2018
Today, we continue a 10-week series to give you back more time in your day. Let’s face it; entrepreneurs never have enough time to do everything they need to do. That’s all the more reason to start today with the easiest way for you to get your time back.
#4: Working in clutter.
You’ve probably heard the old saying that a clean desk is a sign of the sick mind. It’s very popular, especially among people with messy desks. You can make all the excuses you want, but the more clutter you work in, the longer it will take you to do what your more efficient competitors have already done.
The best way to clear a messy desk is to take all the contents off of it and put it in a common area. If you work in an office, use a vacant conference room. If you work from home, put it on the kitchen table. The point is, you’ll want to put it someplace where you know it can’t stay for very long.
Next, get rid of anything that could just be thrown away immediately. Some things may need to be filed. That’s fine, however, keep in mind that 80% of all items that are filed are never looked at again. Items that need your attention should be marked with a Post-it note. Mark the date and the action needed to be done on the note. These should be placed in your priority pile with the closest deadlines on top.
If there’s anything on your desk that belongs to somebody else, put a note on it and give it to the other person. If necessary, provide them with the appropriate instructions for them to do the job properly.
Now you should be ready to return everything to your desk that really belongs there. You should have a clear path as to what your priorities are and you can dig in. Other than a phone and a computer, there should be very few other permanent items on your desk if you want to prevent the clutter from coming back.
“Time is more valuable than money. You can always get more money but can’t get more time.” – John Wooden