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Habits to Help You Optimize Your Time

” Habits To Help You Optimize Your Time” written by Bren Koger.

If you must look back, do so forgivingly.
If you must look forward, do so prayerfully.
However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present. Gratefully.”

~Maya Angelou

Habits to Help You Optimize Your Time

I recently wrote a blog on how having fewer choices makes you happier.

In the best selling book, The 4-Hour Workweek, Timothy Ferriss gives a few more reason why being decisive is so important for success.

The time and energy you spend making a decision and wondering if you made the right decision is time and energy you could be spending on problem solving and thinking of new ideas. Attention is necessary for productivity.

Attention Does Not Help You Optimize Your Time

Attention is a currency and is not renewable.

We only have so much brain power and with approximately 50,000 thoughts in a day and most of those repetitive thoughts. What we choose to think about can be the difference in how quickly we achieve our goals.

Good leaders in every walk of life make decisions quickly and firmly-Napoleon Hill.

How to Become a Decisive Leader

Here are a few tips to help you become a more decisive leader in any area of your life.

Don’t postpone decisions just to avoid uncomfortable conversations. If you know you are not going to attend something, let the person know right away. Don’t waste valuable time and energy hemming and hawing about it. Be truthful, courteous and direct in your response and you will save yourself a lot of back and forth wasted energy.

Learn to make non-fatal non-reversible decisions in 5 minutes. If you take even 30 minutes of time deliberating over a $10 savings you are losing money. If you make $50 per hour you’ve lost $40! You already know in your gut what the decision is. Trust your first instinct and try to make non-reversible decisions in five-ten minutes. Get good at making decisions quickly and firmly.

Make non returnable purchases We have all experienced buyers remorse at one time or another. LET IT GO! It’s a waste of time and energy! Again, if you make $50 per hour in your job. If you are wasting time and energy on second guessing your purchase and returning it to the store, you are losing a lot more value than that thing you are considering returning.

Don’t provoke deliberation before you can take action. An example of this would be checking your email or snail mail on a friday night when you can’t do anything about it until Monday, Wait until you can take action before you open an email or letter that has the potential to cause concern or worry.

Stop clipping coupons If your’e spending an hour coupon clipping to save $5 on high carb food that you wouldn’t normally buy and depletes you energy, You are potentially losing $45.

Use a virtual assistant to make decisions for you If a decision will cost you less than $100 let a virtual assistant make the decision for you. We have a virtual assistant who works for us full time. It’s taken our business to the next level to have this full time employee.

P.S. A few things you should stop now to help optimize your time….

8 Habits to Stop Now

  1. Do not answer calls from unrecognizable phone numbers, Let it go to voicemail. Use a service that allows you to get voicemail as texts.
  2. Do not email first thing in the morning or last thing at night.
  3. Do not agree to meeting or calls without a clear agenda and time frame.
  4. Do not let people who call you ramble on and on. When you answer your phone say, “What’s up” as opposed to “How are you.”
  5. Do not check email constantly. Batch you emails and set up a strategic auto responder.
  6. Do not over communicate with high-maintenance, low-profit customers. Let them go.
  7. Do not carry a cell phone 24/7. Leave it in the car or home if you go out to dinner.
  8. Do not expect work to fill a void that non work should fill.

Wrap Up

In the classic book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill  he devotes an entire chapter to the importance of decision making…

“Those who reach DECISIONS promptly and definitely, know what they want, and generally get it. The leaders in every walk of life DECIDE quickly, and firmly. That is the major reason why they are leaders. The world has the habit of making room for the man whose words and actions show that he knows where he is going.”- Napoleon Hill

Do yourself a favor and practice being decisive this week. Practice making decisions within 5 minutes and don’t second guess yourself. Stop returning purchases.

Look into getting a virtual assistant to help you with your small tasks. Embrace the choice minimal lifestyle!

Here’s to your success!


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Optimize Your Time – Use Other People’s Time

Optimize Your Time – Use Other People’s Time” by Mike Marko.

I am a very driven person.

Over the past few years, once I really established an idea of how I wanted my future to look, I started working towards achieving it.  And things were moving really well until… I found I had run out of time in the day.

I was stuck!

I already stopped watching TV years ago.  I watch very few movies now.  I multitask by doing my training while I work on other things.  And I worked until late at night and on weekends.

But still I had run into a brick wall!  And I was getting frustrated really fast.

It felt like I was losing ground.  I felt out of control.

We were also ramping up for a HUGE IPAS 2 System product launch and I didn’t have the time to dedicate to it.

How was I going to achieve my goals, and create this amazing life with Bren?

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Optimize Your Time – Words from the 4-Hour Work Week

If you have never read the book, the 4-Hour Work Week, you are doing yourself a HUGE injustice.  I had heard about this book from fellow entrepreneurs, but it wasn’t until Bren came home from the library with the book and read it to me on the way home from Wisconsin.

Favorite Tips to Optimize Your Time

The book really is a great source of ideas on how to optimize your time.  My favorite tips were:

  • limit reading emails to twice a day… even going to far as put in an auto response saying you only check your emails at X and Y times and to call if it is an emergency.
  • find ways to eliminate unnecessary tasks that don’t make you money.
  • use other people’s time to offload things you don’t enjoy doing.

Now that last tip was a big one for me.

Bren and I started brainstorming how I could reduce what I did so I could focus on managing our rental properties and the online business, instead of doing all the day to day tasks that were overwhelming me.

Optimize Your Time – Using Other People’s Time

So Bren and I brainstormed and came up with a few ways to reduce what I was doing daily.

Now the key thing to consider is “what is your time worth?”

Is it worth your time to do simple repairs around your home for the day, when you can pay someone $15/hr to do the same job?

That is the thought process you need to have in order to be successful.  Use other people’s time.

Optimize Your Time Using a Bookkeeper

This was the first thing I arranged.  I hate doing bookkeeping… so much so that I was six months behind in my paperwork.

So I found a bookkeeper who was relatively inexpensive.  He will get everything ready for tax season.

In conjunction, I started switching everything to electronic copies of statements and bills.  Yesterday it was extremely liberating when I paid three bills I received by email, then forwarded the emails to my bookkeeper telling him when the funds would be paid from my business checking and what rental properties they were for.

No printing paperwork.

No filing.

No data entry.

It felt AMAZING.

Soon I can see my computer getting a lot less cluttered as I switch more and more to electronic billing and statements.

Plus I free up a lot of my time, and now I don’t have to do something I really hate doing.


Using a Virtual Assistant to Optimize Your Time on the Online Business

The next step was to streamline what I was doing online.  In preparation of the big IPAS 2 product launch, I was creating a lot of tier 1 backlinks.  It was easy but very labor intensive work.  I had to create an article, spin it up to 30 times, and post these spun articles to my over 50 different backlink websites.

I had already been working with someone who had a VA (virtual assistant), and I asked if I could buy some of her VA’s time.  She agreed to 2 hours a day.  That helped build up a lot of links I needed.

While I was searching for a full time VA, she offered me to have her VA full time.  I agreed because I already had a great working relationship with him.

Now he builds backlinks and writes my money pages for me… for less than $2/hour.  Now that is a huge time savings for me… my time is definitely worth more than $2/hour.

Property Manager for Our Rental Properties

I have tried unsuccessfully to find a property manager for our Cincinnati rental properties.  These properties require a lot more “tendering” than my Dayton properties.

Bren and I were on the verge of selling the Cincinnati properties when a work college and I were talking.  He told me that started using this one property manager over the past few months and already had things well under control, and rents were even being raised.  He already had this property manager as his plumbing service for years, so he knew this new property manager was dependable.

So yesterday I contacted the property manager to get some quotes… as I type this I got the quotes in my email inbox.  I am fighting to not read them yet because I am trying to limit how often I read my emails.  But this can be a way to free up even more of my time.

Look at How YOU Can Optimize Your Time

I highly recommend you look at how you can optimize your time.

Get a copy of the book, 4-Hour Work Week, or maybe look for an audio version.

This is one recommendation that can really change the course of your life.  I know it has for me.

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