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If you want to manage your time better and be more productive it’s important to leverage time to achieve your goals faster.  Using time leverage is a fundamental strategy for success and will help you get more done with less effort.

When you can leverage your time you can free up your time to focus on the priorities that will help you achieve your goals.  In this article, I’ll share 5 ways to leverage time so you can increase your productivity and achieve bigger and better results in less time. 

The most productive people leverage time differently to make faster progress.  They know they only have so much time in the day to achieve the results they want.  To multiply their performance and get more done they use time leverage to increase their effectiveness and productivity.

If you want to increase your focus and manage your time better leveraging your time is the fastest way to achieve more in less time.   

Read also: The top 10 benefits of time management 

What is time leverage?

Time leverage is achieving the biggest result with the least amount of effort.  It is about simplifying and finding the quickest route to the result you want.  Using time leverage is a simple strategy for business success.

We only have so many hours in a day.  If you can leverage your time, other people’s time, and use technology to free up your time you can get more done in less time with less effort.  

How to use time leverage?

Using the leverage of time is essential for focusing your time on the things you do best and create the biggest impact.  We all have 24 hours in the day to create the results we want.  To work smarter, it’s essential to use your time wisely to be more productive on your most important activities. 

If you only use your own time, you can only achieve so much.  If you leverage other people’s time and capabilities, you can increase your productivity and achieve bigger results.

By using effective time management techniques you can free up more time.  By eliminating unnecessary activities you can focus your time on what matters most.  Through effective goal setting, you can get clear on your priorities so you don’t waste time on low-value work.

When you delegate and outsource certain activities you can leverage your time and other people’s time to do more in less time. 

How to use time leverage to increase productivity 

Here are 5 ways to create time leverage. 

1. Set goals with deadlines

Having effective goals help you leverage your time.  But there is a right way to set goals.  To maximise the time you have each day, ensure your goals are measurable and have deadlines attached to them.

You can work far more effectively and efficiently when you have measurable results and a deadline to work towards.  When you’re clear on what you want to achieve and when you want to achieve it by your brain gives you ideas on the fastest path to get there. 

Read also my ultimate guide to goal setting

2. Get clear on the result you want

When you’re clear upfront about the results you want to achieve it can save you a lot of time.  To manage your time better, be specific about the results you want and lay out success criteria so you can track your progress.

Getting clear on the results you want to achieve will help you maximise your time, and increase your productivity.  It also ensures you stay focused on your biggest priorities so you don’t procrastinate and spend time on things that won’t help you get the result you want.  Learn how to set measurable goals

3. Find specialists to leverage your time

When you start doing something new or try to achieve bigger goals you may not know where or how to get started.  Rather than spending hours, days, or weeks figuring out how to do something, leverage time by finding someone who has the expertise already.

When specialists take care of certain activities you can spend more time doing the activities you’re great at, and bring in the biggest results.  To create time leverage, find people who are experts at doing something you simply don’t have the time to do and aren’t very good at.  This leverage could free up 5 hours, 10 hours, or even 20 hours a week. 

Read more about how to prioritise your time. 

4. Utilise technology for time leverage

Technology has made the process of leveraging your time much simpler.  It’s easier than ever to harness the power of technology to get more done in less time.  Video conferencing software allows you to save time and speak to more people without leaving the comfort of your office.

Project management software and daily planning tools can help you work smarter and coordinate effectively with colleagues and clients.  Social media platforms and podcasts can help you reach more people than ever before with a simple video or post. 

When you’re clear on your goals you can utilise the power of technology to increase your productivity, reach more people and create a bigger impact  Technology is the ultimate way to free up time.

Read also: 4 simple ways to create time freedom

5. Delegate to free up time

Learning how to delegate effectively is the key to leveraging yourself and your time.  Delegating time-consuming tasks to other people ensures you spend more time on your biggest priorities.  It also helps you focus on the important activities that truly require your attention.

To delegate effectively, look at your priorities and decide if it is time to delegate tasks to other people.  Decide which tasks only you can do, and then delegate other tasks to colleagues so you can focus on your priorities.  

Read also: 7 tips for effective time management 


Leverage is the ultimate way to multiply the things you do best to create a bigger impact.  Leveraging your time through delegation, outsourcing and technology can help you create bigger and faster results. 

If you have big goals, it’s difficult to do everything yourself.  Leverage can harness the capabilities of others to help you capture your biggest opportunities, maximise your strengths and free up more of your time. 

Now I’d love to hear from you.

What’s the number one benefit leveraging your time would do for you? 

Let me know by leaving a comment.

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About the Author

Mark Pettit is a time management coach and accountability coach based in Colchester, Essex, UK.  He provides time management coaching programs and accountability coaching programs to business owners and entrepreneurs in the UK, US and Canada.

Mark also writes about time management, productivity and goal achievement.  Each month, over 10,000 people read Mark’s articles to help them achieve their goals faster.

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