7 Tips to Stay Organized for Success

Despite being surrounded by an endless array of time saving gadgets to save us time at our disposal ( ipods,Smart phones, Computers, Blackberries etc.), business people seem to be busier than ever and this is especially true of entrepreneurs.  If you don’t take control of your time, it will take control of you.  Follow these 7 tips and you will have control of your time!

Keep this sheet handy!

  • Stay away from the gossip hub. Too much time can be wasted in friendly chit chat.
  • Use a timer- time your tasks in 15 and 30 minute intervals.  Keep phone calls down to 3 minutes.  As sales people we talk too much. Unless the topic is task related there is no reason for the conversation to proceed for more than 3 minutes.  Idle conversation can vanish your time and make you wonder what happened to your day.
  • Use a hard bound notebook to put your ideas in.  We have creative inspirations that take hold of us.  Instead of impulsively acting on them, keep a list of them that you can look at in your np time.  For instance, maybe you have an idea for an ad; rather than writing the ad right then, write down the highlights in your hard covered notebook and return to it later.
  • Keep a To-Do list and always be updating it, do this twice a day if possible.  Try to make a habit of paying attention to your To-Do list through the day.  Assign levels of importance to your to  do list.  Schedule a half hour a day for when you get waylaid and you can put high level activities into that half hour.
  • Think in terms of np (non priority), ip (intermediate priority)  and hp (high priority) and assign these abbreviations to your tasks.  At the end of the day, create percentages of these activities, so you can actually see how your time was spent.
  • Call back everyone at the top of the hour instead of taking calls randomly, let them know in your voice mail that you will be calling them back at top of the hour.
  • Don’t look at e-mail until quarter to the hour.  Checking e-mail is a bankrupting activity. It is the biggest time waster that exists.  It is an ip priority.  Don’t do it until quarter to the hour and make it a habit.

Now you can get organized and achieve success!!!