As a busy entrepreneur who has a lot to do and a lot to take care of, time management is extremely important. It not only ensures that you are ticking tasks off your to-do list and moving forward, but also makes sure that you are not stressed all the time. When you have a lot of things to do at once, you are going to be stressed, you are not going to be motivated and the work that you produce is not going to be of the best standard.
Today we’re going to tell you exactly how you can avoid that and how you can manage your time.
Don’t take on too much
We know that as a small business owner or a first time entrepreneur, you’re doing a lot because you’re wearing a lot of hats and this needs to be done and that needs to be done. We get it, but you need to know your limits as well. You need to make sure that you set boundaries with clients, with suppliers, with your team and only take on what you know that you are capable of doing. Don’t schedule extra meetings if you don’t have the time for it.
Make a list
You probably knew this one was coming, but it is so important to get out of your head and to write down exactly what you need to do. Often when we as people get busy we tend to think that we know what we need to do and just start working and then someone slacks. Have you ever sat down and felt like you need to do something, but you just don’t know what it is and then an hour passes or a day passes and you suddenly remember that you never sent that very important email? Having a list would solve that problem.
Urgent things first
After you have written your list down, organise your tasks into different categories such as urgent, important and not very important and set aside time to focus on the urgent ones first, then the important ones and then the not so important ones. By setting aside time and doing the urgent ones first you’re making sure that you are getting things done in a good amount of time.
We spoke about digital tools in a previous blog post and in there we mentioned an amazing scheduling tool that we use to save time so that we can focus on other areas of the business. Automate as much as you can and use the tools that are available to you to save yourself time.
We know that being an entrepreneur is tough when you’re juggling a lot and that it takes time to realize just how much you can take on, but we don’t want you to burn out. Time block, take on what you can handle, delegate if you can, prioritize and don’t forget to breathe in between.