As a writer or someone working in book publishing you likely feel tired, overwhelmed, and underpaid – on a good day! Have no fear: I have the secret four-step formula to save yourself time in your busy life – shaving up to several hours a day!
Short of that, you’ll work your butt off if you want to thrive. The more efficient you are, the more you’ll be able to take on more projects. The more you do – if done well – will bring you the rewards you seek.
Sometimes efficiency works against you and people give you more things to do. manage your time well, but don't let others know just how fast you are!
Just say no. Don’t do the thing you think you should do, and don’t really need to do. Don’t volunteer to do anything. Don’t immediately agree to do what one asks of you. If you can come up with a good reason not to do something, don’t do it.
Get help on any and all tasks. If you can save even five minutes an hour, you have an extra two hours a day. Some things you can delegate or pay someone to do, and use your time for more worthwhile things. Know the value of your time.
Stall, push back, postpone and avoid commitments for as long as you can. Either you’ll eventually have to do them or it’s possible the need for the task will go away.
Water things down. Instead of agreeing to travel 3,000 miles to give a speech, only do stuff within 1,500 miles of your location. Someone wants a report on something? Make it three instead of five pages. If someone wants to meet for an hour, give them 30 minutes. Instead of meeting in person with travel time, connect by phone. Instead of doing a project perfectly in three hours, strive to be 90% of perfect and do it in two hours. Don’t force demands or higher standards upon yourself if that only works against you.
Got it? Deny, delay, divert, and dilute. In order to implement these four steps you must also step it up on your decision-making capacity as it relates to how you choose to spend your precious time. Also, don't underestimate the payoff you get from delivering something as promised, on time. Your successful track record gives you credibility and allows you to buy extra time or get the benefit of the doubt when you are running late or falling short on your deliverables.
If you wasted 10 minutes reading this and didn’t find at least one time-saving idea that you can embrace, I’ll refund your money. Oh wait, this blog is free.
Nope, I love writing it!