Hey, this is Charles Kirkland. Welcome to the Inside the Mind of an Entrepreneur episode eight – Time Management for Busy Entrepreneurs. Now, you’re busy. We don’t have time for an intro. So, let’s get into the meat and potatoes of it.
This is the problem. Time management is almost- you talk to people- everybody’s got a different opinion. They’ve got a different system. They’ve got a different whatever. Guess what? It probably all works for them.
Everybody needs to find their own time management system. Most people find a little of this, a little of that – we put it together and it works for me, works for you because we all have different personalities. We have different types of time constraints. So, we need to keep that in mind.
But one thing I want to talk to you about is batching. It’s a really great way if you want to 2X your productivity, 3X your productivity. I’m not even going to throw out the 10X. I’ve never 10X’ed my productivity from batching. But I can tell you I can usually cut things probably a third or a quarter. I probably knock 75 percent off the time it takes me to clear a task.
And that’s basically you do a bunch of the same tasks back to back to back to back. Like this podcast – people ask me, “Charles, do you get up every morning and make the podcast?” No. I’m making all of these on a Saturday afternoon. My wife is out getting groceries, and I’m like you know what? I’m going to go ahead and knock out 10 podcasts. It doesn’t take too long.
This is what you need to do. Just imagine your minds in a groove like a record. We’ve got a record playing. If every single minute you’re jumping from something to something different, it takes your mind just a few moments to kind of ramp up and get efficient. But when you do things back to back to back, it will knock them out.
So, if you’re going to shoot YouTube videos, make a bunch of YouTube videos. If you’re going to write a R-responder series, don’t write one email today, one email tomorrow, and one next week. Try to write all of them together as a group. Batch as many things as you can do.
When I look at the schedule, I’ve got time that I just say basically I’m going to batch this stuff. Nothing’s going to happen but this stuff. And that is the most important thing, because that will allow you to really get very fast, get productive, knock out a bunch of work fast, and it feels good. So make sure you start batching stuff.
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Anyway, this is Charles Kirkland. Hope you enjoyed it. Talk to you later.