Disconnect your devices and from people and you will have plenty of time
Most people have a problem with this one, but genuinely this is actually one of the most difficult, and yet also most important parts of saving time during your busy day. You need to disconnect from various technologies, and from other people.
Here’s the thing: one of the more unique business motivators a company has ever done was with a young start-up company who were all tech induced Millennials (i.e. totally hooked up to their tech devices). The amazingly bright young owner of the start-up actually insisted that all communication within the company (note: not to company clients) should not be done via email. This basically meant that if you wanted to talk to one of your colleagues about the latest report or whatever, then you actually went to your colleague’s cubicle or office. Essentially, the sheer brilliance behind this was that it was removing multi-tasking from work.
Most humans, by nature, cannot properly multi-task. Those who brag that they can, are simply wrong – because all you are simply doing is one thing, then doing another, and then coming back to another thing. Seems strange but all of this back and forth actually takes a lot more time, rather than completing one task and then moving on to the next task.
By forcing his employees to actually go and talk to each other, the start-up business owner ultimately found that his people were far more likely to actually finish a task before getting up to talk to another employee.
So disconnecting from distraction may actually be the biggest time saver on this list.