Time Management Tip: Four Ways to Save Time…by Giving Time

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Image of phrase Giving Time = Saving Time Do you want to save time during the day?

All you have to do is give yourself and others around you some time…

Today’s post takes another interesting approach to time management by focusing on giving more of your time and attention (yes, you read that correctly) in order to save time.

Intrigued? Below are four tips you can put to use right away:

Give adequate time for meetings and appointments.

A colleague has asked you to meet with her to discuss an upcoming project and you’ve got 15 free minutes right now…the only problem is that your colleague needs an hour’s worth of time with you! Don’t give into time temptation; forgo squeezing meetings and appointments into inadequate parcels of time. Doing so only short-changes everyone involved. In the example above, you’d most likely spend more time and effort after your impromptu meeting trying to confirm and clarify items than if you just gave your colleague more time for the meeting in the first place.

Give people time to complete actions.

When requesting information, an item or favor, take a step back and give the other party a chance to complete the request. We may live in a fast-paced digital world, but the truth is not all requests can be processed on the spot on the turn of a dime! This can be a difficult fact to accept (especially when you want or need something right away) but you’ll save yourself from unnecessary back-and-forth communications with the other party on whether they’ve started a request or not. Take a breather and give ‘em a chance to respond.

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Give specific dates and times for potential meetings.

If you’re booking an appointment or meeting, cut to the chase and offer specific dates and times you are available. It’s much easier to work within a definite framework of availability as in, “I’m available on Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm,” rather than a fuzzy, “ I might be able to make it on Tuesday afternoon.” Giving specific information makes it easier to make a decision; it’s either “Yes, I can make it.” or “No, I can’t make it.” Simple, huh?

Give yourself more time to learn new skills/routines/exercises.

Are you considering starting a new workout routine at the gym? Perhaps you’re interested in learning how to use your new digital camera? When you know you will be starting something new, be it a skill, routine or exercise, give yourself the gift comfort and add a buffer of time into your schedule. There’s nothing worse than trying to learn something new in a compressed amount of time, getting frustrated in the process and then having to worry about your next appointment.

Now to you…what other “giving” actions can you think of when it comes to managing your time? Leave a comment below and join in the conversation!


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