Time seems to have magical powers: it can disappear right before your very eyes. The good news is that you can do a little magic of your own and make it reappear. It just takes a bit of organization.
If organizing is not your strong suit, don’t worry. We’ve simplified some tactics that’ll help you slow down the office clock without having to rearrange your workspace.
Get the Tough Stuff Done First Thing
You’re most productive in the morning, so getting straight to work on the most challenging task of the day is an excellent way to start plugging up the time drain. Is there something you need to work on that you aren’t familiar with or that takes a lot of mental energy? It might be tempting to put it on the backburner, but if you put it at the top of your to-do list, you might find it easier to power through it and free up some time later on.
Schedule Social Media Posts and Emails in Advance
Task-jumping is a surefire way to get sucked into the time vortex, so consolidation is key, starting online. If social media is part of your business strategy, take advantage of post-scheduling. You can line up posts months in advance, which means less time spent cutting up your work schedule. To really streamline your social media campaign, consider using a social media management tool.
You can do the same with emails (you may need to download an app). Do you send regular email newsletters to your clientele? Try an email marketing service to plan, design and coordinate your newsletters. Constant Contact provides easy-to-use templates, but there are plenty of options out there.
Order Lunch Through a Corporate Lunch Caterer
Lunch seems like it should be a no-brainer, but trying to find something nearby and timing it so that it fits into your lunch break can use up most of the breaktime. You may end up with only a few minutes to wolf down something less than healthy, which is ultimately bad for productivity (and thus the enemy of time).
A simple solution is office lunch catering. Rootastes gives you plenty of time to order a nourishing lunch in advance, stress-free. Plus, it’ll show up right to your desk so that you get your entire lunch break back. If you need to take a working lunch, this can be a real lifesaver.
See? Saving a little time here and there is pretty simple! Like pennies, every minute saved adds up.
Stephanie Hersh writes, reads, and hits the road in search of novel culinary experiences. An avid Belgian beer fan, she dreams of drinking gueuze in Belgium on a foodie trip around the world.