June 5th, 2018.

They say time is money, but I’d argue that time is, in fact, more valuable than money. It is a scarce resource, one you cannot simply buy more of but one you must harness to be truly successful when running a business.

The key to making the most of your time is prioritising effectively – in order to do this you need to separate what needs to be done from what can be done. There are so many distractions in the workplace which can blur these lines, but below are some useful tips to help you focus on what’s truly important.

Eradicating emails
Emails are the worst culprit. They are a constant distraction. Trying to ‘beat’ your inbox by keeping it empty is tempting, but it can give you a false sense of achievement, when in reality multitasking often means that you will have done a lot of something, but not much of anything.

Of course, emails are important (especially from your boss), but if it was that urgent, then they would call you directly! For this reason, I’d avoid checking your emails more than every half an hour, and resist the temptation to reply to them straight away once you’ve opened them. There are some that do require attention, but many can be revisited later.

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