Honorée's 10 Fun & Easy Ways to Save 10 Minutes Today

What would finishing work today almost two hours early do for your stress level, relationships, bottom line? You'll never know until you try! Read on ...
  1. Read this blog and implement ideas 2-10. This blog can save you 100 minutes today, or give you 100 more minutes of fun, free time to use in any way you choose.
  2. Write down the top 3 most important things that must get done today. Put them in order of importance. Block the time to complete them on your calendar. Everything else can wait.
  3. Use "Brain-Surgery Time." If you don't know what that is, you can read about it in here, but that will use up time you don't have (yet), so I'll paraphrase: it's time you've blocked out to complete a project, and during that time you focus solely on your outcome. No calls, no emails, no interruptions, no distractions, no Facebook. Just focus.
  4. When you're feeling stressed, stop and breathe and/or meditate for 5 minutes. Lowering your stress level and breathing actually helps you to be more think more clearly, thus making you more efficient and effective.
  5. Take hourly breaks and: go for a walk, call your mom, buy a new pair of shoes at Zappos.com, or whatever would make you happy. I love 50-minute hours (just like in coaching) where you relentlessly focus for 50 minutes, then take 10 to breathe, check email, return calls and then get refocused. Rinse and repeat!
  6. Ignore your email ... that is, until the time you've blocked out to read it. (I said this would be fun, right?)
  7. Ignore your phone ... unless you're expecting a call and your assistant is in the restroom. When at her desk, you can let her (or him) know to put through (the boss, the prospective client, the mega-important client).
  8. Clean off your desk and put things away. Just knowing where they are will save you ten minutes every day.
  9. Find a client for a colleague or strategic partner a lead or even a new client. They will, of course, reciprocate (if you've chosen those SPs wisely), thus saving you far more than 10 minutes!
  10. Ruthlessly delete emails you no longer need, and create folders within your email box to keep important emails. Finally, clean out your Inbox daily or at least weekly. It's easy for important emails to get lost in the shuffle, buried under BS and forgotten until deadlines have passed. Don't let this happen to you!
You are in charge of your day and just using a few of the tips above that resonate with you will save you literally hundreds of hours a year, which could equate to a month of doing more of what you want and less of what you don't.

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