1. Time is money.
Cliché, but true. If you think of your time in billable hours, it will help you value it better.
2. Finish what you start.
By fragmenting jobs, you loose both momentum and motivation.
3. Look, then leap.
Nothing is so important that you can’t consider the decision-making process before beginning.
4. Don’t over commit your time.
Not only does this cause stress, but you will become known as being unreliable if you don’t deliver. Remember – commitment is simply doing what you say you’re going to do.
5. Do what you do best, when you do it best.
When you’re not at your best, attend to routine tasks that don’t strain your brain.
6. Be realistic.
There are 24 hours in a day. You can’t change that, so make the most of what the time you have.
7. Keep it simple.
Keep one diary, one calendar, one ‘to do’ list. Having to check three separate sources is a great way to waste time.
8. A place for everything, and everything in its place.
If you put things away the first time, you’ll be able to find them straight away when you need them.
9. If you work from home, treat your workspace as an office.
As tempting as it is, don’t stay in your pyjamas all day, don't have lunch at 11am, and don't prioritise daytime TV over your deadlines.
10. Take a break.
When one occurs naturally – don’t force a lunch break when you’re ‘in the zone’, swept up writing a great proposal.