Friday, November 1, 2013

What Is Your Time Worth

Have you ever had that annoying drip, drip, drip of a leaky faucet. It's enough to drive you nuts. 

In her post How much is one hour of your time worth Rosie Aiello asks the question How long would it take for you to fix that water leak? 
You would probably fix it as quickly as you possibly could because you see the value of acting quickly because water is a precious resource, and that drip, drip, drip is very annoying. 

She went on to say that opposed to water dripping, your leaks are time and it is costing you. Just like there are ways to fix that water leak, there are also ways to seal those time wasting leaks. 

It's easy to get sidetracked by e-mails, water cooler conversations, and those must do facebook updates. When you finally get back to your desk you ask yourself where did the time go.

Here are 7 ways to seal those TIME leaks:

1. Become aware of how you are using your time. Awareness is the first key before you can implement change.
2. Be intentional how you use your time. Your actions should be purposeful. Avoid knee-jerk reactions or being reactive to situations.
3. Create systems and processes to manage yourself and your business.
4. Have an easy and effective filing system for paper, email and electronic documents. You should be able to find a paper within seconds or an e-file in two or three clicks.
5. Use a timer to control the amount of time you are on the Internet.
6. Set blocks of time on your calendar for specific tasks.

7. Control interruptions and distractions by saying politely to others and to      yourself, “No, not right now.”

Are you ready to stop watching your time go down the drain? 
What I love about whatRosie Aiello says is being productive is not about being busy. It’s about doing the right things effectively.

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