Productivity Tip #1: Watch Your Time…Literally

Be More Productive Tip #1

PRODUCTIVITY TIP #1: Use a stopwatch to measure how long it takes you do to a task for your business. You can use one on your phone (look for Clock on the apps ) but I use the Google one here – just click the Start button to go and Stop once you’ve finished the task. That way, I can glance over to the timer and see how long I’ve been working, without having to put the code into my phone to wake it up!

Not only is there something powerful about having a timer going as you work to make you work faster, it helps you stop getting distracted.


  • Use a Stopwatch to see how long it takes to do your most common tasks… write a blog post, answer an email, enter your transactions into your book keeping system, do a sales call, prepare for a client meeting or read patient notes etc.
  • Once you’re done, think about whether that task can be outsourced or delegated to someone else. Even if you’re not ready to hand it off just yet, add it to the list of things that you will ask for help with when the time is right.
  • Using a timer can also be useful when it comes to pricing your services: you need to know how long it will take to complete the tasks for the client before you can begin to design a package and price it. If you’re just starting out, time yourself doing a task 5 or 10 times and calculate the average time it takes you (you get faster the more often you do a task!)
  • And for those tasks you know you can get distracted by…like posting on social media, you can even switch to the Timer at the link above and it will countdown for you. Once it reaches zero, move on to your next task.

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About Rachel Haviland, Ph.D.

Rachel Haviland, Ph.D. is a Business & Marketing Consultant, Author & Speaker, as well as CEO of a full service marketing agency based in Tampa, Florida. She is also co-host of the health podcast “Reclaim Your Health”.

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