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Prioritized Task List: This gives you a chance to proactively
determine what's important to your business and what can
wait until another day. If something unexpected comes up,
you'll need to either add it to the schedule or put it off until
another day. Additionally, don't forget to schedule in time to
think about your business. It's all too easy to get so wrapped
up in the day-to-day that you don't ever take the time to
think about what's going on.
6. Use Online Tools for Calendars, Task Lists and Note-taking: Since most contractors don't spend the entire day inside an office, it's important to use productivity tools that
seamlessly sync with your desktop computer, laptop, tablet
and smart phone so you have access to that information regardless of where you are. It will help you better manage
your time and avoid the risk of losing an important piece of
information.
7. Determine the Most Productive Time ofYour Day:Whenever you feel the most energized is the best time to tackle
your most thought-intensive work or the tasks that require
the most focus. That could be first thing in the morning or
some other time of day. You need to determine when that
time is for you and avoid other distractions that could get
in the way.
8. Pick a Time to Prioritize Tasks and Schedule the Next
Week: 15 or 20 minutes spent looking forward to the
next week will help you be proactive and accomplish
more in the time you have. Some people do this on Friday
afternoon and others do it over the weekend. The important thing is to take the time to set up the week ahead.
9. Avoid Multi-Tasking: Unfortunately, numerous experts argue that the human brain isn't very good at focusing on several things at once. It is much better to
focus on the task at hand before moving on to the next
thing. Multi-tasking often leads to greater inefficiency
and poor results.
10. Don't Be Afraid to Say "No": Most of us hate saying
"no," but sometimes it's necessary. If there's no way you
can accomplish the task or get the job done when it's
required, it is better to acknowledge that so you can remain focused on the priorities at hand. Overcommitting
is a productivity killer. )

Speed to funding is a big deal to businesses and the time it
takes to find a lender, complete the application, and hopefully get approved can take a business owner away from the
important work of running a business. In fact, 63 percent
of business owners interviewed in a survey conducted earlier this year by the Electronic Transactions Association said
speed to funding was a primary reason for choosing the online lender they did. Sometimes lost time, or lost opportunity, can be incredibly costly.

TIPS TO RECLAIM SOME OF THAT LOST TIME
Most entrepreneurs understand the need to efficiently manage
their time, but in the heat of battle often spend most of their
time putting out fires rather than prioritizing and managing
where they spend their time. While the idea of time management might be daunting, you may be surprised at some of the
relatively small and incremental things you can start doing today to make the most of the time you spend in the office or on
the jobsite - here are 10 of them:
1. Establish a Routine: Start your day at the same time every
morning and pick a time when your workday will be done
each night. It's surprising how much you can get done once
you've established those parameters. Of course, there will
be exceptions, but adding routine to your workday will help
you make the most of every day.
2. Listen to Your Body: Don't ignore what your body is
trying to tell you. For example, if you need to eat breakfast to get engaged in the morning, don't skip it. What's
more, if you're feeling like you're not as productive as
you should be, don't be shy about stepping away for a
five- or 10-minute break. Stepping away from what
you're doing for a few minutes can recharge your batteries and get your brain back on track.
3. Make Sure You Have the Right Tools: If anyone understands the value of the right tools, it's you. That includes
the technology you use in the office, the truck and the
job. Make sure you have the best and most reliable tools
to run your business the same way you have the right
tools on the jobsite.
4. Get Down to Business: It doesn't matter if it's an email,
a phone call, or a text message, train yourself to get down
to it in as fast a response time as you can. Most email, for
example, can be answered in two minutes or less. By the
way, this doesn't mean you should drop everything every
time your smart phone buzzes or your email pings. It's also
a good idea to set aside a regular time each day to answer
correspondence. Although that is the first thing many people
do, if starting the day with email tends to drain you, push it
off until later in the day.
5. Maintain an Accurate Calendar, a Daily Schedule and a

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Ty Kiisel is a Main Street business evangelist, author and marketing veteran with more than 30 years in the trenches. He has been
writing about small business trends and small business finance
issues for OnDeck since 2014. Kiisel makes the maze of small
business lending accessible by weaving personal experiences
and other anecdotes into a regular discussion of one of the biggest challenges facing small business owners today. Follow
@OnDeckCapital on Twitter.
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