Christina Gillick for Bidsketch writes:
I wanted to double my hourly rate – for the primary purpose of having more leisure time. Throughout the year I tested different techniques and strategies so I could work less and earn more.
Some worked. Some didn’t.
But, at the end of the year, I more than doubled my hourly rate and I worked less than part time (or 20 hours per week).
If you too want to work fewer hours – or increase your hourly rate – here are 8 ways to maximize your working hours …
I started using a nifty tool around a year ago call Rapportive. It works with Gmail.
Rapportive shows you information about your contacts — collected from social networking sites like LinkedIn.com and Facebook.com — adjacent to the body of their email message. If gives you at-a-glance visibility into their professional and social networking details, without requiring you to collect and/or look it up. Continue reading Nifty Tool for Gmail Users: Rapportive
One of the biggest shifts in my productivity was finding a way to sort out what is important, not merely what is urgent. The funny thing is that once I started to get a handle on identifying the important items, I was able to spend more time on being pro-active, preventative projects, and the like (and not feel guilty about it either). This created a feedback loop which further reduces the urgent items that come up on any given day. I can’t completely eliminate urgent items, but I can do a far better job at reducing how often they occur in my work and life.
So how do you do this? And what exactly do I mean by Important versus Urgent?
You start by putting your tasks into four quadrants: Continue reading The Time Management Matrix That Changed My Life