Time management can be a struggle for many business owners. Perhaps you find yourself wishing for more hours in the day. Or maybe you feel there is a better and faster way to get things done.
Either way, finding strategies that work for you can be the ultimate game changer. Keep reading as we suggest a few worth trying.
- Be realistic
The number one factor of time management is to be realistic. There are only 24 hours in a day and the best thing you can do is internalise this fact immediately, as no amount of wishful thinking will ever make this change.
- Set SMART goals
Time management often comes down to our goals and what we want to achieve.
Good goal setting is universally done in the SMART format – in that goals are specific and measurable. Without these factor goals are simply wishes and won’t provide you with the grounding needed to stay on track and achieve them.
SMART goals can be broken down into yearly, monthly, weekly and even daily goals. The common factor here is that they all offer a specific task that can be measured for success.
- Figure out what you’re wasting time on
You may not realise it, but most of us have a few habits that steal time. And it mounts up!
Whether you’re guilty of browsing social media for too long. Maybe you get caught up making personal calls when you should return business enquires. Or perhaps you procrastinate starting your day each morning.
It doesn’t matter how you waste time, simply that you address it.
- Create a routine that works for you
One way of successfully managing time is to create a routine that works best for you and your goals. Once you have this routine in place, follow it daily. Over time you will notice that your productivity increases as you already know what you should be doing and when.
- Use time limits to stay on track
Another great method is to set yourself time limits for tasks. This is especially handy for reading and answering emails. Instead of responding to emails as soon as they hit your inbox, designate one hour (or whatever time that works best) each day for responding. Once your time is up, you simply have to move on to the next task, ensuing that you don’t get weighed down and fall behind.
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