How to Get More Flexibility at Work

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Having freedom and autonomy in a career is always a valuable perk for anyone with an entrepreneurial mindset.  Being able to set your own schedule is always an ideal goal.  Most people have to operate within business hours, however, and so it can sometimes seem like there is no time for anything other than the immediate tasks at hand.  How do you find the time to work on side projects, research, train, or build your team?  Time management and communication are key aspects to finding more autonomy at work, but it is also important to set goals, eliminate unnecessary tasks, and produce outstanding results in order to gain freedom within your work schedule.

Time management is being aware of how much time a task takes and scheduling appropriately.  If you are spending too much time on emails, for example, schedule thirty minutes to read email and respond as quickly as you can to as many as possible.  Responding right away will cut down on future follow up emails from the same senders.

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Communicating to your team will help get administrative tasks delegated appropriately.  If you are on your own, consider hiring a virtual assistant to cover the everyday work tasks that will allow you to work on other projects.  Communicating clearly what you need from your team not only delegates lesser tasks and frees up your time, but also prevents having to explain something a second time.

Setting goals will help you know whether you have put enough time into your work.  By setting goals and benchmarking your work, you can feel more comfortable stopping one project and moving on to an extra one.

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Eliminating unnecessary tasks can be a difficult one, as we often fall into habits at work that make us feel like we have to do something that is actually not productive.  Do you need that extra meeting? Is an email more efficient than a call in some cases?  Are there redundancies in payroll or management processes? Look at each task you do every day and think about what can be eliminated.

And always remember that producing outstanding results will instill enough confidence in your office to give you freedom to do the things you would like to do.

Simple Tricks for Faster Email

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Hi, I’m Samuel Striker, a business and sales expert.

On average, office workers spend at least two hours a day on their email. However, while sending emails might feel productive, it does not help you grow professionally. Here are some time-saving hacks to keep email time down.

If you are always sending similar emails – your address, your elevator pitch, you availability – then craft a few templates for responses in Gmail. This will allow you to dish out responses much more quickly.

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Avoid unnecessary emails by sending a text, IM or by just walking over and talking in person. E-mail might not always be the best or most efficient method of communication, so you could save yourself and others valuable time by varying your methods.

Click the “unsubscribe” button as much as possible to get rid of spam emails or unread newsletters. Don’t just shovel them into a folder you never want to open—stop them before they ever have a chance to get to you.

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Stop treating email as an ever-growing to-do list and instead act on them immediately.

Make a daily routine, develop habits (including segmenting out time slots for when you respond to email) and stick to them.

Quit overdoing your inbox filing system. It can get in the way because you still might not recall which folder you put a message in; instead, try using different labels—this will not move messages, but it will allow you to search by label when needed.

Keep your subject lines and email body shorter. People are more responsive to emails that are concise; a wall of text is overwhelming and likely to get lost in the pile.

We’ve all experienced how much of a time-suck dealing with e-mail can be, especially when there is a high volume of incoming email each day. What tips or tricks have you used to cut your email time down?

How to Balance Work and Personal Life

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President at KMG Consultants, Samuel Striker is a business, sales, and consulting expert.

Being able to do our best at work while also scheduling specific time for our personal lives is the key to happiness for many adults. Here are a few tips to learn how to balance work and personal life.

Stick to a Schedule

Schedule time for family as carefully as you schedule our workday. Treat them with importance; they need you to be around. by keeping a calendar that gives time to work and being at home, you can eliminate stress over balancing both. It will also allow you to keep track of the promises you make and if you keep them.

Work On Yourself

Taking care of yourself is necessary if you want to stay energized to do everything on your schedule. Make sure to eat healthy throughout the day to make you strong. Exercising regularly will give you more energy to get things done. A consistent sleep schedule will only add more productivity to any day of the week. If you can get through the workday without a problem, relaxation time will be waiting for you.

Learn How to Say No

It’s easy to say yes to a request from your boss or co-worker; it can become a habit. By learning to say no to some requests that interfere with your persona life, it will save you time and energy. You can always respectfully decline offers to do extra work. It’s all about learning to stop doing things out of guilt.

Set Distraction Boundaries

If you feel distractions are keeping you from saving time for your personal life, set boundaries. Turn off your cell phone or laptop when you shouldn’t be using it. Don’t look at your work email when you are with your family. Your job expects you to work hard, but they don’t expect you to be married to your job.

Ask for Support

Let people know that you are seeking a better work-life. People will be happy to help if you have a set plan for reaching your goal. Your family, friends, or even your boss can be a great source of encouragement, and you could even set an example for them to follow.

Being able to balance your work and personal life will make you optimized to handle both at their own time. A perfect balance is not easy to perfect, but striving to be able to be happy in both ways is a great goal. Those who learn to balance these two perfectly can create a stress-free life.

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