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Maintain Real Time Management Practices

Simple. That’s the key to Real Print: keeping things simple. Simple is intuitive, clean, easy and saves us time - the one thing we can all agree on that we do not have enough of.

We believe in simple, intuitive websites that take up as little of our time as possible. And that’s why we created Real Print.

When we were starting out on our journey to market, we looked around at the competition and couldn’t believe how complicated, how time intensive and how, well, clunky, a lot of the websites out there are. We know how a bad UX can turn getting your business cards, letterheads, brochures and business flyers all printed quickly into a chore. We knew already that we wanted to create something that was easy-to-use and that would take up as little of your time as possible, but the realisation that there was little out there that fulfilled this brief incentivised us even more.

Running your business is a huge task in itself and the last thing you need is to waste time online trying to configure uploads of your corporate brochures and more, when what you really want to do is to be getting on with your core business.

We have a list of 5 key time management tips. Whenever we think we are losing sight of our core business, we revisit this to help keep us focused, on schedule and, most importantly, in control.

1. Plan. Plan plan plan. Then stick to it!

Good planning could make up all 5 of our tips, to be honest. However, as important as planning, is sticking to it!

Recognise your weaknesses and your strong points, and work your plan around these, so that you know you are making the best use of your time.

2. Tune out.

When you’re flying through your work and are confident that looming deadline will be met, it is crucial not to lose that flow. A phone call or an email can so easily pull you out of the zone - from experience, we know that even just the subject line could be enough to throw you off kilter.

You already know this, but the best and most simple way to avoid this type of stalling is to turn off and tune out. Work this into your plan – set aside time to crack on, with zero distractions. When it’s in your plan, it won’t feel like such a betrayal to turn your phone off, shut down your emails and log out of social media.

3. Do not overdo it.

It’s a common mistake that we all make: thinking that we are capable of achieving more in an allotted time period than we really are. Key to managing your time is knowing your limits and not trying to stretch them.

A stressed and pressurised time environment won’t help you make the best decisions, not to mention you won’t feel great and probably won’t be working to your fullest potential. Stress is a key factor in poor performance – it affects your memory, your emotions and can even cause anxiety and depression.

Factor this into your plan and ensure your targets are achievable and realistic.

4. Learn to say no.

When a client calls with a ‘quick’ request, your first instinct may be to say yes first and then start to work out the logistics of it, but this can lead to all sorts of issues down the line. These can impact not just on the original ‘quick’ request but can have a knock-on effect and impact other projects for different clients too.

It’s okay to say no. Be firm and stand by your schedule and just ask that they fit their request around your time. Don’t feel that you’re being unreasonable, and if necessary explain that for you to best help them you need to act on your own schedule. You’d be surprised how accommodating and understanding most clients are.

It’s a good exercise in gaining trust and respect too.

5. Reward yourself.

All work and no play makes for a dull working day!

It’s okay to step away from your desk once in a while and it will definitely help you in the long run. There’s a reason school lessons are only so long – the brain can only concentrate at maximum efficiency for short bursts of time.

So reward yourself. Get up and walk around every hour and if you can, maybe even step outside, get some fresh air and let your eyes focus on something other than a screen for 5 minutes. You’ll work faster and clearer for it and hit those deadlines feeling more relaxed.

And when you do, be sure to acknowledge your achievement and give yourself a little pat on the back.

We’re all time poor these days but with these steps, you may just be able to bank a little more for the times that matter. These simple but effective steps always help us re-centre.

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