Being a small business owner means wearing a lot of hats. Your days are very long, and it seems like you are not making progress no matter how long you work. Learning how to manage your time can be the most important skill in your repertoire, and keep you from going insane.
Here are three tips to help you manage your time.
Tip # 1: Keep track of your time
Start a spreadsheet of daily tasks and the time it takes to complete them. The spreadsheet to be detailed, including everything you do during the day until you close up shop. Take this new data and calculate what tasks you are spending too much time on; knowing this you can cut back on those activities and focus on the most productive parts of your day. Most people tend to allocate too much time to e-mails, breaks or running errands. Your new spreadsheet will keep you focused and prioritized.
Tip # 2: Organize your to-do list
Use a calendar to organize your daily tasks. The spreadsheet that you created will help you decide what tasks are the most important and should be put at the top of your lists. Review this calendar first thing every day so you have a plan before you actually start working. Not having a plan can set you on a collision course of wasting time on e-mail and social media. As new tasks come up, organize them appropriately on the calendar and set completion deadlines. Having a goal to focus on will drive you to be more productive. Just make it a realistic deadline otherwise you’ll feel overwhelmed which defeats the purpose.
Tip # 3: Relax, take a break
With your long to-do list and the limited hours of the day, it seems crazy to stop and take a break. But you are missing out on valuable recuperation time. After hours of focusing on one thing, the brain can slow down. When the brain slows down it is very easily distracted. Take short fifteen minute breaks every few hours or so to rest your mind. You will find yourself able to focus and get more accomplished in the hours that you do have.
Though your days will still be challenging, the tips will set you up to be organized and refreshed. Checking your calendar at the beginning and end of every day will help you visualize your progress by checking off the tasks that are completed, giving you a sense of accomplishment. Remember to take breaks to refresh your energy and focus.
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by Rob Carpen
Rob is a content writer and editor, specializing in a variety of fields. He helps B2B and B2C clients with blogs, social media, press releases and web content that create more value for their marketing campaigns. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He played Club Rugby at IUP for four years. He loves Rugby and recently attended the Rugby World Cup in Newcastle, England – New Zealand All Blacks v. Tonga Match. Rob is passionate about craft beer. He is transitioning his eight years of home brewing to earn his professional brewer certificate.