You have 1,4440 minutes and 86,400 seconds each and every day. And so do some of the busiest and most successful people in the world.
“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” ― H. Jackson Brown Jr.
It’s totally true. hat you choose to do with those minutes can make or break the success of your auto shop.
We hear over and over from auto shops that they’re number one challenge is the lack of time to complete tasks each day. Even when putting in some serious hours at the shop, they leave feeling dissatisfied with their productivity, and their stress level is through the roof. They are so frustrated over the tasks that didn’t get done and dreading their return the following day.
How to Accomplish More with the Same Amount of Time
Time always seems to get away from us, but the most successful people out there seem to have no problem accomplishing more in a day than many of us do in a week. What time management tricks do they know that you don’t? You can improve your productivity, get things done and find extra time for what’s important—what?! Too good to be true? Hardly. Heed this helpful advice from some of today’s time management masters and reap the benefits as a successful shop owner.
3 Time Management Hacks of Super Successful People
Richard Branson’s Time Management Trick: Manage Your Time. Every Minute.
The founder of the Virgin Group has found time management success because he manages every single minute of his time every day.“I learned to delegate from a young age. Actually removing myself from the office has helped me look for the next big venture. I try to exercise every day–whether it is a swim, a game of tennis or a kite-surf when on Necker island. Manage the BlackBerry, don’t let it manage you. The key is to do it in bursts and not to let it dominate your day. Speak to people–I do get a lot of emails every day and try to answer as many as I can; but I also believe that you need to speak to people. It can save you and them a lot of time. And write it down–I carry notebooks wherever I go to jot down thoughts and notes. You can’t beat pen and paper.”
Your Time Management Takeaway: Manage every single thing in your day. This includes your health, all points of communication (emails, talking to people), your tasks and your memory. Master your minutes to master your life!
Steve Jobs’ & Warren Buffett’s Time Management Trick: Just Say No
Apple Founder and CEO Steve Jobs once said, “Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.” Jobs was a pro at simplifying things. In 1997 when Jobs returned to Apple, he took their 300 projects and reduced them to 10 saving Apple from filing bankruptcy.
Philanthropist, investor and respected business mogul Warren Buffet understands the value of learning to say no: "The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say 'no' to almost everything."
Your Time Management Takeaway: When you can say no and delegate, you’re able to successfully manage your time and still have time to really enjoy life outside of work.
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Mary Callahan Erdoes Time Management Trick: Manage Your Calendar—Don’t Let it Manage You
The CEO of asset management at JPMorgan Chase & Co., Mary Callahan Erdoes, says that calendar management is the most important thing—you have to own your calendar and stay focused. Highly productive people put everything on their calendar and live from it.
Nathan Blecharczyk Time Management Trick: Reverse Scheduling
The co-founder of Airbnb, Nathan Blecharczyk uses this time management trick: "I try to fill my calendar in reverse, from the end-of-day to earlier; I try to reserve the morning for doing 'real work.' I find I can focus more in the morning, whereas it's harder to get focused after having been bombarded by meetings, so I try to save meetings for later in the day."
Your Time Management Takeaway: Here are six tricks from Quick Base on how to effectively manage your calendar:
- Schedule appointments with yourself to work on your own tasks and block out that time.
- Block off time for email.
- Want free time? Schedule it in!
- Group similar activities together in blocks—think out-of-office meetings or group calls.
- Push back long meetings.
- Take a step back to look at your calendar and make sure it aligns with your goals and is realistic.
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