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Adding Efficiency To Your Day

Adding Efficiency To Your Day

I've always appreciated books on time management. If you're a small business owner like myself, I'm sure you've found that efficiency is important. A recent book that has a fresh, practical approach to this concept is The Daily Edge: Simple Strategies to Increase Efficiency and Make an Impact Every Day by Dave Horsager. Dave is a highly organized individual and has developed concepts that helped him to increase his own effectiveness. Now he has shared those same concepts that he uses every day personally and with his team. Here are just a few excerpts from his book:

Focus. Modern culture, with all of its technology and time-saving gadgets, has left us with a distorted view of productivity. Our image of productivity is the power executive handling two calls and a text message while wowing a big client at the same time.

The reality is that those sorts of habits are unproductive. Humans are simply more efficient and effective when they concentrate. That is, you can do five things better and faster by doing them one at a time, with your mind focused on each single task.

 It doesn't matter if you're working on the most important proposal of your life or an e-mail to your manager. You will do a better job if you're focused on what is right in front of you. Decide which task gets your attention and then focus on only that one until it is finished.


Eliminate distractions. Cell phones, e-mail, and even open office doors can can invite unwanted interruptions. It's not just the time that interruption takes, but more significant than that is the time it takes you to get you mind back to a focused productive state.

There is an incredible amount of time and productivity lost in the, "Now, where was I?" state. Eliminate anything that is likely to pull your attention away from the task at hand.


Keep sticky notes handy. By placing a pad nearby, but out of your field of vision, you give yourself an outlet for any thoughts or ideas that might come to you. For instance, if you're working on a quarterly report, and you remember that you need to make an important call, simply jot it down. You can review the note later, and the act of writing it should clear it from your mind.

If you have enjoyed these simple and practical tips, I encourage you to order Dave's book for many more tips to help you in efficiency, focus, and staying organized. Click here for the The Daily Edge on Amazon.

Mary is a leadership consultant and coach. She works with ambitious business professionals who want to leverage their leadership.

As a business consultant, Mary works with organizations to establish a culture of synergistic teams, systems and processes for greater employee engagement, employee loyalty, and communication effectiveness. 

Mary is President and Cofounder of the Center for Coaching Excellence, a distinctive training organization that focuses on developing highly competent coaches through a mentor-training approach and a training model of coaching that easily transitions into professional and personal conversations. She continues to expanded coaching into diverse industries by developing customized coach training used in companies such as ExxonMobil, Chevron, and MJ Senior Housing.

To contact Mary, call: 612.246.4787