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Copyright 2002 Dr. Donald E. Wetmore
Leverage Your Time Now!
By: Dr. Donald E. Wetmore
|Dr. Donald E. Wetmore is a full-time Professional Speaker having made over 2,000 presentations during the last twenty years to audiences from around the world. He is the author of "Beat the Clock" and dozens of published articles. Learn more at: www.balancetime.com
In over 2,000 Time Management seminars, which I have conducted for more
than 100,000 people from around the globe during the last 20 years, I have
shown people how to get more done in less time, with less stress; to help
them have more time for the things they want to do in their work and personal
If you can recapture a wasted hour here and there and redirect it to a
more productive use, you can make great increases in your daily productivity
and the quality of your life.
Here are five of the many techniques I share in our Time Management seminars,
each one of which will help you to leverage your time and get at least
one more hour out of your day for additional productive time to do the
things you really want to do.
Stop reinventing the wheel and recreating the same things over and again. Create systems to handle repetitive tasks. For example, I have standard letters all created and saved in my computer along with standard documents such as directions to my office and various articles I share with others. Be sure to have adequate supplies you can readily access. Use one calendar to keep track of appointments. ork with a clean desk and have most frequently used items within arm's reach. Schedule maintenance for your equipment and yourself.
- Plan Adequate Sleep
You can have a great to do list for your next day but if you are tired,
your productivity will be adversely impacted. Schedule a sufficient amount
of sleep. The amount is different for each of us. Some need eight hours,
some more, and some less. Your body knows the answer.
- Attend a Speed Reading Class
The average person reads at about 200 words per minute and spends a couple
of hours each day reading. What if you could double your reading speed?
What takes two hours can now be done in one hour or you can continue to
spend the same amount of time reading, but read twice as much. Sign up
for a speed-reading class. I teach one. It's a six-hour seminar and at
the end of the day everyone in the class will at least double their reading
speed and significantly increase their comprehension.
- Develop Your Communication Skills
A lot of your personal success in the future will be in direct relationship
to your ability to competently and confidently communicate what you know
both orally and in writing. Make it an ongoing commitment to continue to
improve your speaking and writing skills. You'll save time and have a more
- Develop Your People Network
Personal productivity in large amounts has to do with the good cooperation
of other people. Someone who does not enjoy the good cooperation of others
can surely be productive but not as productive as one who enjoys that cooperation.
On an on-going basis, develop your list of personal contacts, your networking
list. Always offer to help everyone on your list whenever you can. ("To
have a friend, first be a friend.") Do it right and your network will
be there for you when you need it.
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