10 Mar Time Manage Like A Boss!
Time Manage Like A Boss!
As a business owner, you are all too familiar with the juggling of endless tasks. Between important deadlines, payments to keep track of, staff to lead and a brand to uphold, it can feel like the world is on your shoulders.
We all struggle with time management and the truth is, it’s much easier said than done. However, learning to effectively manage your time will not only make you a more productive individual but will give you a sense of security and lead to a happier, more satisfying life! After all, nothing beats the satisfaction of ticking off tasks on your to-do list like a boss!
The good news is time management is a skill that can be learned. It’s not a science, but you can find tricks and habits that work best for your lifestyle and personality.
These five tips can help you stay on track and manage your time smartly and effectively.
Think & Plan In Advance
Kickstart your organisational skills with setting goals, both small and large. This is a great way to keep your business on track.
Create 5 realistic goals for the week, including the details that you want to accomplish and knock one off your list each day. This will help you make measurable progress towards your larger goals.
Figure out the times that you are most productive, it could be early mornings, after your workout or late at night. Use your most productive hour to focus on the highest priority tasks, leaving the rest of your day less stressful and manageable.
If you have a smartphone, it’s time to make it work for you! There are endless apps available that are designed to help you set your schedule and workflow. If you are not into good old fashioned paper lists, then apps like Wunderlist or your Outlook calendar can help you prioritize and set reminders wherever you are.
When it comes to managing the overall workflow, Trello is a great free tool! It’s also used for collaboration enabling you to track your team’s progress and efficiency as well.
Delegate and Celebrate
When you are starting a business, it’s natural to take on everything that needs to be done, especially if you are a one-man-band. As your business grows and time becomes a precious commodity, it’s important to learn to let go and delegate tasks. This could mean outsourcing or handing over projects to employees. Learn to give yourself the freedom to not do it all and empower your employees to make decisions.
Keep Track Of Your Finances
Finances have the potential to be one of the biggest stressors and time-consuming tasks in a small business. Creating and adapting a bookkeeping system from the beginning will help you keep ordered and organised and save you time!
Software like Sage allows you to automate processes for managing your finances, payroll and accepting payments. Sage takes care of everything from controlling your cash flow to creating and sending invoices.
Beat The Distractions
If you are flying solo as an entrepreneur, one of the most challenging tests is staying productive. As a business owner, you have to work diligently and be self-motivated, avoiding distractions. It’s also important to keep your work-life balance separate.
Switch your phone to silent or off during your most productive hour, try apps like SelfControl to regulate or block websites you mindlessly browse and make sure you are mentally and physically present during working hours.
The same goes for family time. Learning to categorise your time will help you manage your day to make the most out of each precious hour you have.