How To Make 200 Extra Minutes Every Week

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Looking for time-saver tips? This works. I get between 60-200 emails every day. 60 is low. Once I got over 480. As I run my own business, every minute is counted. Even when I worked 9-5, I kept a tight control of my email. If you don’t control it, it’ll control you.

What I want to do is get you to change your attitude towards email.

Not only that but also show you how I managed to shave over 200 minutes (that’s 3 hours every week) by just making a few changes to my daily routine. Here goes!

How To Make 200 Extra Minutes Every Week & Leave The Office Before Everyone Else

Repeat after me!

  • I am not obliged to read ALL email.
  • I am not obliged to subscribe to newsletters.
  • I am not obliged to have a Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail account.

These are all decisions you made. Some decision are better than others.

Let’s look at how I control email so that it doesn’t eat up my day, lose potential business opportunities and (what I really want) get out of the office before everyone else.

Which email is the most important?

  • Create 2 email accounts. No more.
  • 1 for friends. 1 for business.
  • Like Whisky and Wine, don’t mix them up!
  • Close all email accounts you don’t use.
  • Stop worrying. If you haven’t used it for 6 months, then what do you need it for?

When to read your email

READ THIS PART!

This is the real time-saver.

  • Check your personal email LAST thing at night.
  • Not in the morning — last thing at night.

Why?

Because you will ignore/delete the junk and only respond to the important ones.

If an email takes more than 100 words, call them. It’s faster.

  • You now have time to focus on work when at work.
  • Don’t check your personal email at work.

Why?

Stay focused.

  • You’re at work to make money and look for ways to develop/expand your career.
  • Instead of checking your email, read something that advances your career or that you can carry over to your work/life balance.

An example?

Sure, laser focus on sites that offer tips directly related to your line of business.

READ Seth Godin, Chris Brogan, Harvard Business Review – all recommended.

Save these articles, print them out (they’re the best, right?) and use them as a reference point.

Does this really save time?

If you spend 15 min in the morning, 20 at lunch, and 15 before going home, that’s almost 45 min every day.

And I know some of you spend more than that.

Multiple 45 by 5 and you save at least 225 minutes every week – excluding the weekend.

Most of it was filler that just killed time.

Of course, we all need a break and a few laughs.

  • The point is to change your work habits.
  • Good habits are the foundation of (work/business) success.

Ask yourself, “If I was [name your most respected business person], would I be spending time doing this?”

Would you?

Time is the one thing you can’t get back.

A few more tips?

Here goes…

  • Unsubscribe from all email newsletter except 1.
  • You can keep 1 newsletter if you promise (go on, promise!) that you read every word of it. If not, you’re just skimming the text. Really, what’s the point?
  • Next, setup a folder called I Will Read This Later.
  • Move any emails you don’t need to read in here.
  • Go back in a week’s time, scan through, and delete the ones you don’t want.

Guess what?

You’ll have deleted them all.

What other time-saving tips can you recommend?

Since I started doing this I spend less time checking through email. And I don’t miss it.

PS – remember to close Outlook/Hotmail when you’re finished. Don’t keep glancing at it. Stay focused and get your work done faster.

Then go home!

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