Are you finding that you don’t have enough time to get things done while running your small business? Don’t worry; you are not alone in this regard. We can’t create additional time in each day, but we can manage how we use the precious time we have. Allocating the appropriate amount of time to complete your most important tasks and activities is critical to your success as a small business owner.
There are a number of things you need to eliminate from your daily schedule to manage your time. The first is procrastination. Waiting until the last minute to complete a task is not the best idea.
The second is over-committing. Filling your calendar and to-do list with too many things each day will not help you adequately get things done.
The third is excuses. I’ve written about this before, and it’s a major reason why things don’t get done in your small business.
Setting goals, reasonable deadlines and holding yourself accountable is a good starting point for getting things done. Being honest with yourself on how much time it’s going to take, and prioritizing the most important activities will help you. Minimize the distractions when working on projects with deadlines. Let the phone go to voicemail and don’t check your emails when you are working on tasks with deadlines.
Planning, prioritizing, preparation and persistence are all great things, but if you don’t manage you time, you probably won’t get things done!