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Marketing: Find Time to Do It by Working Smarter Pt.1

You’ll read a lot of blog posts here that require you to do some work. And you’ve probably wondered “How on earth will I find time to do all this?” Well, you don’t have a choice, so turn off the TV and start developing ways to work smarter and create more time.

Keep a time log. If you don’t believe you waste a lot of time, keep a log. How many times did you surf the Internet reading useless blogs (not mine), etc., that are not work-related? How many personal phone calls? How much time spent on personal errands, events, etc? How much time are you spending looking for a file on your computer? Keep track of every minute for a few days and be honest with yourself about how you’re spending work time.

Organize everything. Save hours a day by creating paper, computer, Inbox, etc., filing systems so you can find anything you need the instant you need it. Start with your clothes closet and purge the things you don’t need and put like items together by color. Use this same system for everything else that you organize, not necessarily by color, but by putting broad categories of items together. In a filing system, this could mean putting all of your marketing files together, accounting files together, etc. Get everyone to use the same logical systems so anyone can find anything anywhere in the office.

Set goals and prioritize. You have to determine what your goals are so you’ll know how you should spend your time. The things you value and need (not want) will take priority.

Check back next week for more helpful tips on getting and staying organized!

Peggy Duncan, SCORE Atlanta
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I’m a productivity and technology speaker, trainer, author, and consultant. I own The Digital Breakthroughs Institute in Atlanta GA.
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Discussion (7) Comment

  1. Playstation 4Visitor

    Good article, thanks for sharing this!

  2. Peggy DuncanVisitor

    HI Julia, You have to examine everything you’re doing, organize one thing at a time, establish some routines, give son responsibilities, etc.

    Here are some examples:

    My mom wakes up early every Saturday morning and cooks for the whole week. If you only heat what you’re eating that day, the food keeps in the frig…leftovers taste better too.

    Organize everything around you. No getting around that. Take one closet at a time, one part of a room, a drawer, whatever, to get you started. Everyone has to participate. No TV, no video games, etc., until you’re done and satisfied.

    Say no to volunteer activities and make home the priority. Once you get that worked out you can go back. You’re going to have to be selfish with your time until you get this together.

    Turn off the TV. Period. Hard to do? Turn off the cable.

    Stay in one weekend a month. You’ll be amazed at how much you can get done if you just stay in your pajamas and work on home projects.

    At work, make everything easier by getting organized, look at your processes, take computer classes. You have to figure out ways to work faster.

    Hope this helps. Keep me posted on your progress.

  3. JuliaVisitor

    I love your tips. But it is still hard for me to get organized. I have so many things to take priority. Like I can’t leave my job, or not spend time with my son, checking his homework, then bills etc. and after that I have no time for a business I am dreaming to open.

  4. Peggy DuncanVisitor

    Sharon, can you be more specific? This blog is packed with ideas you can start using today.

  5. Peggy DuncanVisitor

    You’re welcome, Jack. Come back next week for Part II.

  6. Sharon WilsonVisitor

    Your blog is very interesting. Share with us more info about good business tactics.

  7. thanks for sharing tips on working smarter and organized.


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