Have you ever heard the term bundling as it applies to a business?
How many times during the week do you go to an appointment with a business prospect, schedule a personal appointment, or run to the grocery store to pick up something to make for dinner?
How many times do you wait for a specific time of day when you are scheduled to do something?
Do you waste time running back and forth from your home-business to appointments to errands and wonder why you are not getting anything done?
We all want more efficiency in our lives. Being more efficient will give us the time freedom to do those things that make us happy!
So, how can we become more efficient?
It’s time to do a self-evaluation. Get out a pencil and paper and get to work.
Things you can plan ahead for include what you are going to eat each day, which days you will go to a restaurant, what time of day you do your money-producing activities (see yesterday’s post), and when to schedule all your other important activities.
This may seem obvious, but how many people actually do it?
I remember one day, I was making follow-up phone calls and I let my prospects control my time. They told me when THEY would be available to receive my phone call after they had seen a website I had referred them to. Guess what happened…
I was to call back one person at 10 AM, another at 11:45 AM, another at 1 PM, and still another at 4:45 PM. What this meant was that I was stuck at home waiting to make my phone calls. There was not enough time between the calls to go out and take care of other business. And, to top it off, I got answering machines in almost all cases. Then, only one actually had the courtesy to called me back and tell me “not for him, but good luck!” Pretty depressing huh!
It was then, that I promised myself I would not let that happen again.
So, back to the solution…
There are some things that are a given… for me, I work my other business Monday-Thursday 8:30 AM to 5 PM. I write blog posts on Fridays and Sundays (again, see yesterday’s post). On Tuesday evenings from 6 PM to 7:45 PM, I go out to a local pub with friends and family for wings. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday evenings at 9 PM, there are educational webinars that I watch to improve my business skills.
I still need to plan my other meals, do the grocery shopping, find time to do my bookkeeping, and time to do laundry, etc. etc. You get the picture.
Anything that is in the “none-of-the-above” category gets scheduled in a block of time on Monday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings between 6 PM and 8:45 PM, and Friday afternoons. That gives me Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday afternoon to enjoy my life with kayaking or painting – the lifestyle I dream about!
To be the most efficient, I schedule my “errands” on my way to and from the required obligations so I don’t have to make a special trip. Saves time and gas! That is called bundling activities. That being said, I keep an on-going list for groceries and meal planning so I am prepared when I am driving by the grocery store.
With a little planning, you can be more efficient. You will be surprised at how much time you waste each day doing nothing! Imagine what you could be doing with more free time!
“Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time which every day produces, and which most men throw away.” – Charles Caleb Colton
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