Monday, July 29, 2013

9 Ways to Add 5 Hours to Your Day

Do you ever feel like there are not enough hours in the day to get everything marked off your To-Do List? Here are some great tips that can add 5 hours of productivity to your work day!!

  1. Never wait alone. Checkups, oil changes, long lines and hold times--all of these contribute to significant chunks of idle time. Rather than catching up on the latest celebrity gossip, bring something to work on. (30 minutes)
  2. One-touch rule. Don't get back to it later--if a voicemail, email, or piece of paper takes one minute or less to handle, do it and move on. (20 minutes)
  3. News Fast. Take a break from watching or listening to news first thing in the morning--it's more important to build a positive mood as you prepare for your day. (30 minutes)
  4. News Faster. Get your news sources, blogs, and favorite daily content fed to a single location instead of clicking around willy-nilly. Bloglines is one resource. (20 minutes)
  5. Write everything down. How many times have you gone to the grocery store with the list in your head, and still forgotten something? Write short lists on a sticky note, or simply text yourself. Same goes for the office: carrying a to-do list in your head is not just a recipe for forgetting all you have to do, it's a stress generator. (30 minutes)
  6. Free your hands. Holding a phone in the crook of your neck limits your ability to do much else. Handle calls while cooking, cleaning, and driving with a headset. (30 minutes)
  7. Call them all. Instead of making three or four calls to different people on the same action item, make a conference call. is both free and reliable--and even gives you your own line. (20 minutes)
  8. Techno Freeze. Identify your most productive time during the day then turn off tech that distracts you. Setting aside email and phone for that period can easily double or triple your productivity. Turn off your TV early and save an average of 2.6 hours a day--11 days a year--according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (90 minutes)
  9. Waffle check. Every minute you spend deciding what to do, buy, or wear is time you could use elsewhere. Knowing how much your time is worth per hour can help you avoid indecision. For example, "shopping around" for two hours to save $10 on shipping only makes sense if your time is worth $4 an hour. (30 minutes)
We would love the opportunity to help you manage your Lake of the Ozarks Mortgage Loan or refinance.  Give me a call at (573) 746-7211 or send me an email at with any questions you may have!!

For Lake area news, resources and tips on financial services, please 

Michael Lasson
Sr. Residential Mortgage Lender

2140 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Suite 303B
Lake Ozark, MO 65049
Direct:  (573) 746-7211
Cell: (573) 216-7258

Fax:(573) 693-9141
NMLS #: 493712

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