Freelancer Tips

Time is Money: Start Saving Both!

Nicole Leinbach Reyhle
February 8, 2017

Time is everything, as the saying goes. From how you use it, to wanting more of it, to wishing you could make moments last forever… time impacts so much of what we do, how we react and ultimately why we do things. Rushing through time – unfortunately – is often something folks do as a consequence to wishing they had more of it, as well as because their to-do-lists are simply too long. Keeping this in mind, do you wish you had more time on your hands, yet still accomplished all that you need and want to? To help increase your productivity and time, consider the following tips.

Identify where your time seems to be spent in excess. Is it completing administrative tasks? Is it on social media? Is it in marketing? Or is it developing projects that you enjoy? If your to-do list consists of too many tasks that keep you from actually delivering results for your clients, consider how a virtual assistant can help you. For Gigpreuners in particular, virtual assistants can help support you in everything from data entry to web research to telemarketing and more – allowing you to gain more time for what you do best or simply to enjoy family, friends, and life to their fullest. The key is to identify what is taking you away from these opportunities and find the support you need to help manage them. Once that’s done, your productivity and time will begin to be better balanced.

Identify what you excel at… then do more of that. Spending time doing what you love delivers more than just results – it makes your life fuller and more complete. For many people doing just this, they would never even call themselves “working” or having a “job”. Instead, they feel as if they have created a lifestyle that complements what they enjoy and how they prefer to live. This is true for Gigprenuers, as well, who excel at so many different things that others can only dream of… and likewise, they can lean on other Gigprenuers to pick up the pieces when they know their strengths don’t fall into that said category. As a result, a stronger balance of living, productivity, and time management awakens.  

Identify what you want tomorrow, next year, and in ten years from now. Having goals in mind will help you better manage your daily choices and ultimately, your time. When you look ahead to where you want to be, don’t forget to also look at where you are right now. Are you on track to reaching your goals? With your goals constantly front and center, you will be forced to make choices everyday that will help you reach them. This will, as a result, also push you towards managing your time better and being more productive in your professional and personal actions alike. Finally, remember that while timing is everything, time is also money.  You can spend it, you can make it, but more likely, you’ll need to do both in order to reach your long-term goals and find balance to your everyday productivity and time. Fortunately, there’s Gigprenuers ready to help. How do you use the Gig economy to save both time and money? Share in the comments below!

Nicole Leinbach Reyhle
Nicole Leinbach Reyhle is the Founder and Publisher of Retail Minded, the Co-Founder of the Independent Retailer Conference and a regular contributor to various publications. Additionally, Reyhle is the Author of the book “Retail 101: The Guide to Managing and Marketing Your Retail Business” from McGraw-Hill and has been the Spokesperson for Small Business Saturday from American Express since 2014. Follow Reyhle on Twitter at @RetailMinded.
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