The topic of this episode of Think Digital is saving time. When I talk to all of you, the thing that you’re most concerned about, even more so than getting leads, is the time that you have throughout your day to balance all of the things that you need to do to build your business.
So, in this podcast I’m running through a list of things that I’ve compiled that will help you make better use of the time that you do have. I’ve got ten of them. These are in no particular order, they’re just in the order that they came to me.
No Bigger-Bucket Advice, Here.
Ultimately what we’re talking about here is changing the relationship that we have with time.
If you’re on a boat, and it’s sinking, and you have a bucket with which to bail water, does it make more sense to try to find a bigger bucket to bail yourself out with, or does it make sense to try to find where the hole is and plug it?
The reality is that all of our boats are sinking. The weight of carrying our business is pulling our boat down, period. It stands to reason that it is smarter, wiser, and will give you better long term results, to try to find that hole.
Today, you will not get bigger bucket advice from me. You will get plug the hole tips.
Tip #1: Delete All your Apps. (Except Instagram, Maybe.)
First up, is to delete the apps on your phone.
A couple months ago, I deleted all of the infinite scrolling apps on my phone. So Facebook’s gone, Twitter’s gone, Snapchat’s gone. The only one I kept was Instagram because, to post to Instagram any other way is still a pain. Messenger is gone. Email is gone.
By deleting those apps on my phone it has forced me to put social media in its place. And it has forced me to put email in its place. Have I missed it? Nope, sure haven’t!
I’m not saying that you have to do this all at once, This is something that I’ve been experimenting with for the past year, an app here and app there. And then, at the beginning of 2019, I decided to get rid of all of them. Now, occasionally, I will pull up gmail on my web browser on my phone if I just need to get something out. Except for Instagram these apps all generally have a robust browser version. So, it’s not that you can’t use them at all. That’s not the point.
It’s to get rid of the mindless time that you spend on these stupid apps. Because, by the way, that’s what they’re built to do. They’re meant to suck us in and rob us of our time. The more time we spend using these apps, the more data that they have on us, and then guess what these apps are going to do, they’re going to go around and sell that data.
Here are 9 more time-saving tips from episode #29 of my Think Digital podcast, “10 Practical Ways to Buy Back Your Time.”