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How to get more work done in less time: 5 tips
You've planned; you've delegated; you've prioritized – but you still wish for more hours in your work day. Use these five tips to get more done in less time
Time is money: Just as you would comparison shop to find the best price on a big purchase, you can – and should – explore ways to invest less of your time for the same output of work. In fact, after you’ve planned, prioritized, and delegated, it’s your only remaining option for squeezing more value from your day.
Time management coach Elizabeth Grace Saunders frequently works with people who need to get more work done in less time. She identified five go-to strategies to help them do just that. Even using just one of these tips could save busy professionals hours each day, she says.
Consider her advice on re-using previous materials: "Your ability to reduce time by reusing and recycling work will vary depending on your particular responsibilities. But where you can, copy, paste, and edit," writes Saunders. "That could happen with emails, presentations, trainings, proposals, and almost any other type of activity where you’re communicating something very similar. "
"This strategy has proven most helpful for my coaching clients who give presentations or who teach. When you’re pressed for time, fight the urge to entirely update or overhaul materials, and use something you already have to save hours and deliver the best content. Top speakers tend to give the same speech again and again because practice makes perfect."
To keep reading more of her tips, read her article, “5 Strategies for Getting More Work Done in Less Time.”