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Monday, July 24, 2006

Ten Tools for Time Management

Your ability for successful time management will put you above the crowd and help you be more efficient, effective and make a larger profit. If you are not good with time management, you will lose a lot of hours, and time is much more important than money. The following ten tools can help you with your time management skills.

1. Set a clear billing time minimum. You need to plan out this very carefully, as it’s the most important technique for time management. Consider travel time and the average number of clients you see daily.

2. Set up client appointments religiously four to eight weeks ahead of time. If you also schedule thinking about geographical location and avoid areas with traffic jams you can improve time management.

3. Add networking events to your schedule a month ahead of time so you can efficiently work your schedule into your clients’ schedules.

4. Log every moment you work, including billable hours, administrative, training, marketing and selling time. Think of yourself as an internal client.

5. You should make a daily schedule task list. Use Outlook to track your duties on a daily calendar to help with time management.

6. You can use your driving time to listen to audio books or CDs on technical or business items to help increase your knowledge while you are just in between jobs.

7. You need to have copies of any reading material you need with you at all times so you can be prepared for any downtime.

8. Set aside time for operational requirements internally. Time management is a great deal about checking to make sure important items get done, so you need to make time for billing, accounts payable, banking, marketing plan updates and any other duties.

9. One day per quarter should be reserved for developing professional skills. Often individuals may not think about this time management technique, but it is critical to business.

10. You should use one weekend per year to revamp your business plan. You should keep your business plan alive and relevant because you will refer to it often.

Blogged By: Joshua Feinberg