There’s a lot of talk about how best to manage your time these days.
How do you fit 26 hours of activity into a 24-hour day?
How do you find time to rest, eat, and relax while getting all your work done?
I have some tips for you.
The first is one I learned from a friend and mentor who is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country.
Jim Weichert has built one of the strongest commercial real estate companies in the country. Hundreds of offices, company-owned and franchised across US states
I joined Jim’s business in 1999 after cutting my teeth in timeshare sales in Atlantic City. I was relatively new to the industry when I was tasked with growing our real estate schools enrollment, increasing profits, and bringing thousands of new employees into the business.
It was challenging work and I had to be careful how long the tasks would take to accommodate presentations and travel.
At one of Jim’s regular regional vice president meetings, he came up with a great idea that might help you.
He asked company management to break down their day on a list in 10-minute increments.
Then write down on the list what you did in each of the 10 minutes: two phone calls, filing a report, using the restroom, etc.
By completing this task for a few days, you have a pretty good idea of how much time you’re wasting and what more you can do when you feel the heat of being up against a 10 minute clock!
The next idea is one that really came from Jim’s sage advice.
I divide my Google calendar into 15-minute segments and color-code everything I do. It gives me a great idea at the end of the week of how I spent my time and resources.
I have a color assigned to each category: Radio Show, including Publicity Meetings, Prep and Show Interviews, Common Sense Club, Film Production, Personal Finance, Social Events, Family, and the list continues. I will also fill in the calendar often.
Sitting at my desk in my home office, making legal calls, financial calls, and troubleshooting events or on set, all recorded in my calendar. This provides a reference to review when following up on certain issues. It also helps me pack a million things in a given week without feeling the chaos of not knowing what’s next.
The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of Bill Spadea, host of New Jersey talk show 101.5. All opinions expressed are those of Bill. Bill Spadea is on the air weekdays from 6-10 a.m., speaking from Jersey, taking your calls at 1-800-283-1015.
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