More Ways Info Product Creators Get Time On Their Side (Part Two)
7. Economize your time. Accomplish tasks with less waste. Don't take hours to plan and
write a simple article when a few moments are all you need. The fewer steps involved to complete a task, the
better. Work at improving efficiency by shaving minutes or even seconds off routine duties. Be on the lookout for
overlap, excessive handling, unnecessary steps and duplication of work. Soon you'll be transformed into a lean,
mean, well-oiled writing machine.
8. Mix-up your writing tasks to avoid burnout. Instead of planning to spend an 8-hour day
on two 4-hour writing sessions, break it up into 30-minute or 60-minute writing periods with rest periods in
between. During your writing sessions, focus on getting your words on the page. Combine tasks like researching and
outlining with actual writing. Don't try to cram too much of one task into a single day. Mix it up and you'll feel
a stronger sense of accomplishment and be less drained at the end of the day.
9. Decide to be a more effective manager of your time, starting today. Others will soon
notice your ability to get things done. You'll be appreciated more and you'll have more time to take advantage of
the things you really enjoy. Focus is the key. When it's time to roll up your sleeves and get down to it – do so
with 100% concentration and effort. Do that and you'll be surprised at the effect it has on your productivity.
10. Slash your time allowance. If you only had half a day to complete a full day of work,
how would you fare? What would you do? What must be done first? What could be delegated to others, or put off until
later? When you've suddenly got less time in which to perform, you're literally forced into a higher level of
efficiency. Quick planning can make a big difference. Work smart and you can get any assignment done in half the
11. Stick to a planned schedule. While it's inevitable that distractions happen, you
cannot allow yourself to get sidetracked. Genuine emergencies aside, when an interruption occurs, acknowledge it,
capture the significant details, and then
set it aside for later. Go back to taking the action you were taking before the distraction happened. Stay true to
your plan as best you can. After you've completed your important writing tasks for the day -- then and only then
should you go back to
the notes you made earlier and deal with the issue of the interruption. In this way, you stay in control of your
day, rather than letting others control you.
12. Stop the leaks. Pay particular attention to those seemingly small segments that are
nothing but wasted time during what should be productive hours. Five or ten minutes here and there seems innocent
enough. But over the years, these down times
add up to many hours, days and weeks that could have been better invested in advancing your writing and your
business or career. Become a more active observer and stop those time leaks as you spot them.
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