10 Quick Tips for Leveraging Your Time and Energy More Effectively

Utilizing these strategies will allow you to achieve the maximum result with time to minutes or hours to spare.

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By Alan Fox

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We all want more efficiency in business and in life. Most people simply don't have enough time or energy in the day to accomplish everything they would like to complete.

Here are a variety of energy-leveraging tools that will allow you to spend the least amount of time and effort necessary to achieve the maximum result.

1. Skip it. Only read words, especially in emails, that are relevant to your life or business. If it isn't relevant, skip it.

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2. Establish deadlines. Give yourself a deadline. You will find that you work far more efficiently when you know that you have to complete a task by a certain date and time. Also, give others deadlines. That way you won't have to follow up as much. And expect deadlines to be met.

3. Be clear. When you make a little extra effort to be clear you will receive fewer questions and leave less room for errors. This can save you an enormous amount of time and headaches.

4. Stand at meetings. When you stand, meetings do not last as long.

5. Value long-term relationships. You should minimize having to deal with new individuals or companies, because they require far more effort. You will need to spend much less time supervising a known employee or contractor, or interacting with a long-term investor, then you would when you're working with someone new.

6. Delegate. Nothing is more efficient than having someone else complete an entire task for you, provided they will do it effectively.

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7. Educate. The more you know, the less time you will spend consulting experts and the more effective your questions and decisions will be. The more your coworkers know, the greater number of decisions can be made at their level.

8. Do it immediately. There is always a cost when you look at the same matter two or three times, so do it immediately. Procrastination often takes more time to explain.

9. Multi-goal. Rather than try to do two tasks at once, which leads to inefficiency, try to make each of your tasks accomplish multiple goals.

10. Create procedures. If a task will be repeated many times, establish a procedure, preferably in writing. There is no need to reinvent the wheel. Established procedures reduce errors.

Whatever your business, increasing your efficiency will have bottom-line results. By using these tools -- and others you develop on your own -- you can leverage your energy to get the most out of your time and effort every day.

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Alan Fox

Author and President of ACF Property Management

Alan Fox is the president of ACF Property Management, Inc., and author of The New York Times bestseller People Tools: 54 Strategies for Building Relationships, Creating Joy, and Embracing Prosperity. He is also the author of the forthcoming book, People Tools for Business.

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