Posted 28th March 2017 | By Katy Richards, Business Coordinator

So the clocks went forward on Sunday and we’ve all lost an hour. One whole precious hour that could have been spent lazing in bed. But there is a positive that comes with this... Summer is here, and it's bringing longer days and some better weather (hopefully).

It makes you realise that time is precious and nothing is truer than where your business is concerned.

Time management is one of the hardest things to crack, not just within your professional life but on a personal level too. How many DIY jobs are there waiting for when you have some spare time? My house has plenty (including an ironing pile that’s almost as tall as me) but there are some ways you can claw back those hours and minutes that are so precious.

Outsource where you can

My sister gave me this bit of advice (relating back to the ironing!); if something takes up too much of your time, you don't enjoy it and would rather spend the money instead of the time, then why not outsource it? If you’re spending painstaking hours on something in your business – maybe it’s recruitment? Or the accounts? Why not pay someone else to do it for you, or at least take on some of the load. That way you can have more time to do what you do best, running your business.

Tea-Mail

Checking your emails can be the biggest time drain on your day. How often are you right in the middle of something when you see that little notification pop up in the corner and you just can't leave it alone. Checking one mail then leads to checking another until 30 minutes has passed and you’ve completely neglected the task you were doing before. Switch off the notifications! Leave them for when you make a brew and go through them at set times throughout the day. And hey, if you’re having a brew, treat yourself to a biscuit. You deserve it for sorting through all those e-mails so effectively ☺

Get the important ones out of the way

I know that my brain is way more effective in the morning; it’s usually around 3pm that my mind starts to wonder about what I’m going to have for dinner. Make a list of the tasks you need to complete throughout the day and get the most crucial ones done first. Once these are out of the way your day has already been a success. It also gives you time for those unexpected tasks that can creep up on you at any point throughout your day or week. We’ve all had those days when a panic hits and your plan goes out the window because of a problem that's fallen into your lap.

Hopefully, these tips will help you find that lost hour somewhere else.

Written by Katy Richards, Business Coordinator at ExtraMile Communications.

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