You can make time


There’s only 24 hours in a day. Only 7 days in a week. Once it’s gone it’s gone.

That’s true right?

Well, sort of.

While you can never get time back, you can invest time and get a return on that investment.

A very simple example - I have email templates written up for a number of tasks. I manage a group where I have to remind people that they are due to give a presentation each week. So the first week, I wrote the reminder email, but carefully worded it so it was quite generic. Then I saved it in a safe place. This meant I spent about ten minutes writing the first email, instead of 1 or 2. But now, every week, I have a really simple copy and paste job, taking about 10 seconds. So that extra 8 minutes I invested has been paid off in just a few of weeks.

Take Action: What do repetitive tasks take up your time each week? How can you template and streamline (or even automate) them?

Rahoul Baruah

Rahoul Baruah

Rubyist since 1.8.6. Freelancer since 2007, dedicated to building incredible, low-cost, bespoke software for tiny businesses. Also CTO at Collabor8Online.
Leeds, England