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Daylight Savings Time: What Will You Gain in 60 minutes?

Today is Daylight Savings Time. Turn that clock back an hour. Gain back 1 hour, 60 minutes, 3600 seconds; however you look at it.


But it does beg the question: How to best utilize this gift of 60 minutes?

Would you use it for advancing your business? Wellness? Networking? Tasks Takedown?

If you're challenged with what to do that best benefits your professional and personal goals, consider how others are most productive with their time in achieving their objectives:

Elon Musk implements a 5-minute rule. He breaks his day into 5-minute blocks so 1) have can visualize his day ahead and 2) can edit more easily tasks throughout the day as priorities shift. Love him or hate him, he didn't build a tech giant out of being inefficient with his time.

Stephen Covey, author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, informs tasks should be categorized by importance and urgency. The column which your task falls under is:

  • Important and Urgent - Do these tasks first.

  • Urgent but Unimportant - Delegate these to another person, employee, or teammate.

  • Important but Not Urgent - Block off time to get these done, without interruption.

  • Neither Important nor Urgent - Remove from your tasks list altogether.

Marie Kondo, organizing guru famous for the KonMari Method, implements a color coding system for home organization that you can transfer to your tasks lists. It creates instantly visible prioritization of your objectives. You may already do this with your calendars (Google Calendars is the leader in this organization hack) in organizing your schedule but the same practice lends itself well for task-driven lists.

And lastly, consider the 80/20 rule about governing your life. As in life, so it is in business. Eighty percent of your day should be governed by 20 percent of tasks that add value to your life. And in business, 80% of business sales and revenue is typically drawn from 20% of the most popular or purchased offerings.

So here we have three example and tools for you to be more productive using time blocking, category prioritization, and color coding. All of which will help you manage your time and productivity better so when you find yourself "gaining" another block of time in the near future, you'll be equipped with tools that can produce your best outcomes.


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