Since you only have a finite number of hours to get your work done, the secret to getting the most out of each and every workday is to manage your time.

Done right, business time management can indeed be an effective technique for focusing on what really needs to be done while removing the clutter and distractions that may get in the way of achieving your goals.

Here are some time management tips to help you in business:

* Get organized!

There's nothing that slows you down more than having to wade through a messy desk or office searching for a missing address, phone number, or report.

Take time to get and stay organized. After you do, the amount of time you set aside to perform ongoing maintenance will be substantially reduced.

* Review your priorities at the beginning of the day.

Before you do anything else, review your priorities for the day to see what you need to work on right away.

* Do your first priority first, and drop your last priority.

Instead of jumping to an easy, low-priority item on your list, always take on your highest priority first.

And don't let your lowest priority items languish at the very bottom of your list -- never to be acted on -- drop the lowest one from your list. Chances are you'll never miss it.

* Lose your junk mail.

Junk mail (and junk e-mail, also known as spam) is an incredible time-waster.

Whenever you find it in your mailbox, simply pitch it into the trash can or recycling bin. And as for junk e-mail, use your e-mail program to filter out messages from junk senders before you even see them.

One more thing: Be careful about giving your e-mail address to people and website operators who may just turn around and sell it to the highest bidder.

* Get a faster computer.

If you still have a slow computer or internet connection, all the time you spend waiting could easily add up to several hours every month. This is time down the drain. Do yourself (and your customers) a favor, and get a faster computer or internet connection.

Buy the fastest computer you can afford, and be sure to get plenty of RAM while you're at it -- this will ensure that your computer can work at its fastest.