Are you too busy to read this?

February 12, 2014
by Philip F. Jacobus, CEO
How many of you feel like there are not enough hours in the day to get your work done? I know I do.

If you are a manager, CEO or owner, you are probably one of the first people in the office and one of the last ones to leave. I know I am and yet I feel like I can never reduce the height of my inbox.

Do an Internet search and you will find hundreds of people with ideas about how to be more productive. Here are my suggestions:

1. Make a list of the important things you have to do. Separate that list into the things that are urgent and the things that are not as urgent. You might be surprised at how some of the items which are not very urgent end up being taken care of without any involvement on your part.

2. Keep a clock on your desk to remind yourself how much time you are spending on a project, a phone call, or composing an email.

3. Delegate things. Even though you are probably one of the smartest people in the universe and no one can do the job as well as you can, you are never going to get everything done and even if someone else does not do the job quite as well as you would, at least it gets done.

4. Take some time off. If you recharge your battery, you will be able to make better decisions faster about what needs to be done.

5. Do not sweat the small stuff and as one wise person said, it is all small stuff. This might be one of the hardest things because everything seems more important at the moment and unless you are a Zen master, it is easy to lose sight of what is important and what is not.

6. Try to remain calm.

7. There is a time for your personal life and a time for your business life. During business hours, focus on business and during your personal hours, focus on your personal life. Try not to let the two encroach on each other.

8. Spend your time doing things that have the biggest impact on your operation. Do not confuse polishing off something that is not that important with the feeling of real accomplishment.