As an entrepreneur, you know that there is never enough time in the day to do everything you want to get done. It may seem like your “To Do” list is ever-growing and that your “Done” list is extremely smaller than you thought it was earlier in the day. The easiest way to move those projects and to-dos to the done list is by learning some time management strategies and managing your time. There are many effective approaches to time management, but these are just a few entrepreneurs say work best.
The easiest and most effective way to manage your time is to silence all the distractions. Phone, off. Internet, closed. Project, open. Spend at least thirty to forty-five minutes at the start of your day in silence. Whether you are answering emails or writing your next book, get the most important to-dos out of the way during this silent part of your day. This will allow you to focus and get more things done in a timely fashion.
If you are finding a task to be more difficult than you originally thought, take time away from it by working on something that you know can be done easily and is on the important end of your to-do list. Often times you get stuck on a project because you have been looking at it for so long that you have probably forgotten what its main purpose is. By taking the time to do something that is easy for your mind to work on, you will find that your finished project will propel you to finish the harder part of your daily grind.
Most of us feel like riding the bus or the subway is a time of hustle and bustle and if you have a long ride to work this can easily take a chunk of your work day away. If you are having a hard time stepping away from your desk to do other things you need to do within a day, like calling to make an appointment or set up a meeting with a potential client, use your commute time wisely. Your commute time is a perfect amount of time to get business done efficiently without leaving you on the phone chatting for hours with the receptionist down the street. Use this time wisely and you will find that your meeting list will become much smaller.
If all else fails, the easiest way to hold yourself accountable to your work is to track how you spend your time. Soon you will realize that more than a few flips of the hourglass go by as you work on things that are not essential every day. Taking the time out to see how you work and what you can do to improve your time management, you will be able to better allot your time to fit your work needs and goals. Some days you may need to spend more time finding the perfect signature for your email, but most likely you will need that time to do other things to increase your business growth.
Time management is the key to creating and growing your ideas or start up. Everyone gets caught up in projects, emails, and phone calls, but the easiest way to get everything done is by managing your time in a healthy and efficient way. Take a step back and audit the time you spend each day and you will find that there is plenty of time to get everything done. And don’t forget that there is always tomorrow!
Brian helps small business owners win back their time, passion and performance utilizing a proven step by step blueprint for success. A coach and consultant for over 10 years specializing in business growth strategies.