3 Time Management Tips For Busy Business Owners
I have so much time in my day – said no business owner ever! Whether you run your business on your own, or alongside a team, managing your time and energy is crucial for the success of your business. With the bundle of jobs ahead of you, it can be overwhelming at times – so here are 5 time management tips to help you get your day on track.
1. Start the day with goals
It’s difficult to feel productive without the ability to measure your achievements, so setting goals helps you to identify clearly what you need to get out of the day. Not only should your day start with goals, but your week, month and year too. This can include goals of completing a certain project by 12pm, getting on-top of your emails, backing up your computers to a hard drive or scheduling some social media content. Whatever it is, setting goals will enable you to become more productive in each day.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO: Grab a white board, write down 3 goals for the day and achieve them! If you don’t reflect and think what you could have done differently to achieve those goals. Managing time is all about being conscious of the time you are using in each given task.
2. Prioritise Wisely
There simply isn’t enough hours in each day to complete everything that needs to be done. Consider what jobs are important and urgent and what jobs are important or urgent. As you prioritise the important and urgent jobs above standalone important or urgent jobs you will begin to identify what jobs
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO: When setting your goals, stop and prioritise them this will give structure to your day allowing you to automatically proceed through your tasks without having to stop and think about what’s next.
3. Learn to say NO
As much as we as business owners like to think that we are invisible and taking on more work seems like the logical thing to do. Sometimes taking on work when we don’t really have the time is the illogical thing to do. This is why saying NO is extremely important. You’re the boss, it’s okay to say no – you need to protect the effectiveness and efficiency of your business.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO: Reflect on the number of important and urgent jobs that need to be completed in the day, are there to many? If so, when a less urgent or less important task gets thrown at you say NO to it or delegate it to a staff member who can manage it.
Stay on top of your work – don’t let your work stay on top of you.