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Keeping Time

Increase your efficiency by evaluating how you use your time.
January 1, 2001

You may feel you're efficient, but if at the end of the day your to-do list is no shorter than it was at 8 a.m., it's time to evaluate how you're using your time.

Throughout the day, periodically stop what you're doing and ask yourself if what you're doing is the best use of your time. Ask yourself these few questions:

1. Is the task you're working on a top priority?
2. Is the task going to increase your business or income?
3. Does the task correspond with your goals?
4. Is it a task that someone else could handle, leaving you free to handle more important tasks?

If you answered no to any of the questions, switch to another task or delegate the task to someone else (even a freelancer).

What are some other ways you can make more efficient use of your time?

Lisa Kanarek is the author of several books, including 101 Home Office Success Secretsand Organizing Your Home Office For Success, and the founder of She admits to being an "office product junkie" and is always on the lookout for the latest, interesting home office product to be introduced.