Time Management for Entrepreneurs
If you follow famous entrepreneurs on social media, you probably wonder, how they fit all their activities in 24h. Do they possess some kind of superpowers? What if I told you that you can be like them and master your time management skills? Read today’s post and you will find out how to do it.
1. Time management rule number one: Prioritize
Why is it so crucial? Well, without priorities, everything is equally important and as we all know, that’s not always the case. Write a list of things you typically do and sort them out by how essential they are and how soon they have to be done. Do the most important and demanding tasks first, or when you predict you’ll have the most energy. All the other tasks can wait. If everything seems equally important, do the most urgent activities first.
2. Plan in advance and be flexible
You should have a schedule for at least a week forward. Sounds limiting, but hear me out. Imagine that something unexpected comes up and you have to do it urgently. If you have a plan, you can manipulate it and find some time for the unanticipated activity. Scheduling ahead also gives you freedom, because you already know what you should do and don’t have to worry about how you will manage. Don’t stress too much if something goes wrong, not everything is under your control. The best thing you can do is to be prepared for constantly changing circumstances and be flexible.
3. Stay focused
Find things that distract you and try to limit them as much as possible. Sometimes we do things automatically, without putting much thought into them. You have to stay aware what you do and why you do it. How to do that? Read the point number 5.
4. Set goals
Before you even start planning, you should know, what you want to achieve. Then you can think about how you can do that and break it down to smaller tasks. This will definitely help you to find your priorities. Focus on the step you currently do and stick to it. It’s easier to do a set of small assignments, one at a time, than one big project at once.
5. Review your current schedule
Spend some time writing a business journal. Write everything you do throughout your workday and how long certain tasks take you to do. Be honest with yourself, make notes, observations, ideas on how to improve something). If you feel like you don’t have enough time, see if you can improve the speed of doing the most time consuming things, or think about if they are really that important.
6. If you work from home
Maybe it’s not strictly a time management rule, but it will definitely help you: try to make a space for your work-related activities. Don’t work where you typically relax, because it will decrease your productivity and make you slower.
7. Work life balance
Some people prefer the term “work life mix”, because nowadays our work often blends with our private lives. But it is crucial to rest and spend the time with your friends, family, or just on your hobby. It improves your productivity and prevents you from getting burned out.
8. Use time management apps or keep a notebook
Last but not least, technology is there to save the day! Apps like Wunderlist, or Evernote will definitely help you remember everything and organize your time efficiently. They are usually really simple and handy. Having a calendar app on your phone is also a good idea, as they notify you about important things you have to do. If you prefer traditional, oldschool solutions, use a regular paper notebook to keep track of your daily activities.
Those are my tips on how to stay organized. What are yours? Share your ideas and tell me what you think of this post. I would be really happy to hear from you. Also, don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter, so you get notify about any upcoming projects!
Ted&Greg wish you a nice day!