When I owned a small food establishment, I would often get to work, take a look at the kitchen, and immediately think of a thousand and one things I needed to do. I was immediately overwhelmed. You know the feeling, don’t you? We all do it. Rather than biting off a little at a time, we try to conquer the world all at once. Let me tell you a little secret - it’s completely counterproductive. I learned this very quickly as a small business owner.
So, rather than let you continue on in your current ways of wasting time, I’m going to give you the seven best time management tips you’ll ever read as a small business owner. I promise you, you’re going to want to keep these close - even memorize them.
You’ll thank me later.
The Art of Time Management - a Secret to Success
Let’s be honest, time management -- especially as a small business owner -- seems about as feasible as life on Pluto. But what if I told you it is possible? You’re running around day after day, trying to stay on top, but little did you know, you could be doing the same amount of work in less time. Plus, your stress levels will go down.
Time management is an art - something you have to learn. Having said that, let’s go through seven time management ways that’ll change your life.
Seven Time Management Tips to Change Your Life
1 - Keep Your Schedule Close
Nowadays, everyone has a smart phone. So, use it! How? Each one has a calendar and all you have to do is simply add your day’s events with reminders. Simple as that. Plus, you can make notes on each event to help you remember key aspects of the event.
2- Set Aside Time to Plan
Speaking of scheduling events, set aside 30 minutes every day, first thing, to ensure it gets done. Doing this will set you up for a more accomplished day and you’ll always know what’s coming up. Don’t feel like you have to fill the whole day, either. In fact, leave an hour or two open every day for unexpected events.
3 - Plan for the Unexpected
Unexpected events - they always seem to happen. What do you do? Plan for them. As stated in tip number two, plan an hour or two in your day where you can literally add anything you need. Whether it’s a family emergency, a surprise meeting, or even if you need an hour to lay down and re-energize, you won’t feel like you’re sacrificing something to do so.
4 - Learn the Art of Prioritizing
As you sit down for 30 minutes and plan every morning, remember to prioritize. Remember, you’re not Superman or Superwoman (sorry). You’re going to have to learn the art of prioritizing. Just remember, your small business has certain needs that are much more important than others - these should be the first things you tackle after your planning. Then, if you have time, you can schedule in the little stuff.
5 - Delegate the Little Stuff
If you don’t have time for the little stuff, trust your employees to help you out. For example, if it’s something small like an easily-fixable item in your office or store, ask an employee to do so. This way, you won’t feel like you’re running around with too much on your plate.
6 - Don’t Try to Be Superman or Superwoman
You’ve got to realize something - no matter how you slice it, no matter how hard you try, you’re not a superhero. I know, I may have shattered your dreams. But, what I do want you to realized is that you can have the ability to do a lot in an effective manner - almost making you superhero-like in comparison to those who choose not to manage their time. Keep in mind, you can do a lot effectively when you’ve scheduled it in, and a little ineffectively when you don’t schedule it in.
7 - Schedule in Breaks
Lastly, and importantly, is to make sure you’re taking a breather. Why? You can only run so fast before you’re out of breath, right? And while maybe you’re not literally running all day, mental exhaustion can be just as bad as physical exhaustion. Schedule in an hour break every day where you relax, get some food, and take your mind off work.
Rather than let you run around like a chicken with its head cut off, I want you to take this advice and start tomorrow morning. If you do, you’ll start to realize you can accomplish so much more in a day and still have time to do the little things you love in life.
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