In a money mindset class I took many years ago, I tracked every penny that came into my life. It didn’t matter if it was a big check from a client or a nickel I found in the laundry.
Similarly, when I started a household budget, I began tracking every penny that was spent.
Honestly, all the tracking and paying attention to every penny is tedious, but it’s worth it. It made me intimately familiar with what’s actually happening money-wise, and the knowledge helped me make changes for the better.
The biggest win, however, was a heightened awareness I developed around money. Rather than mostly ignoring money and only checking in on it here and there, I started thinking about it more often and was constantly trying to figure out how to do better.
It was like a game of becoming a lean, mean, budgeting machine.
Productivity is the same. There are big wins and little wins – but every bit counts, especially if it’s recurring.
Say you have a daily latte habit. Six dollars for a latte doesn’t seem like a big deal, but over the course of a year, it adds up to over $2000!
Spending half an hour on random busy work may also not seem like a big deal but over the course of a year, it’s over 180 hours. That’s over a month’s work if you work 40 hours/week.
Yowza, right? Makes you rethink busy work…
Take a closer look
Take a close look at how you spend your time. With recurring tasks, ask yourself:
- Does this task really need to happen?
- Am I the only one who can do it?
- Can this be automated?
- How can I make it easier?
It’s easy to dismiss the small increments of time that could be saved, but remember every bit counts. Time saved is cumulative and added together over the course of time, you’ll be blown away at the time and energy savings.
Remember, just 10 minutes a day is over 60 hours a year!
Do you find yourself saying, “It’ll be faster for me to do this rather than delegating it?”
Let’s stop and take a look at the math. Say it takes you one hour to train someone on a 10-minute task. And, each month you need to spend one additional hour overseeing the task. That’s still 47 hours saved in a year!
Every bit counts to keep things simple and efficient. Delete, automate, delegate.