Let’s be honest here. While it may not seem to be, time is a constant. Even though some days seem to fly past and other days take forever to end, the beat never changes. Regardless of how you see it, most of us wish there were more hours in the day.
Successful entrepreneurs know it’s not the number of hours you have, but how you use them. By learning and practicing effective time management techniques, you can get more done and have more time to relax.
Use my 7 simple suggestions and make them a daily habit to work more
1. Prioritize Better. Narrow down everything you have to do to just three to five manageable items. Put these tasks in order from most to least important so that you’re focusing on what’s essential. If you do this, you’ll eliminate nonessential, time-wasting activities.
2. Set Time Blocks. Create a block of time for each task you have to do and decide exactly how long you’ll do it. For example, one hour per day on an ongoing project or thirty minutes a day on Facebook. This keeps you on track and prevents you from spending too long on any one task.
3. Take Regular Breaks. If you work too long doing something, you may lose focus and burn out. Break up activities with short rest periods where you can refresh yourself and get your mind off work. Then, you can get back to what you’re doing with renewed energy and use your time
4. Choose Optimal Times. There’s an optimal time of day for each type of task. For example, you may be most adept at communications in the late morning or creative in the evening. There may also be a time of day when you’re at your most productive. Identify these times and use them to schedule your daily tasks more effectively.
5. Don’t Multitask. Contrary to what many believe, multitasking doesn’t make you more productive. In fact, it ruins your focus and prevents you from getting any one task done efficiently. Focus on one thing at a
6. Schedule Fun Time. When making your daily schedule, set aside time for entertainment, mindless distraction, and pure fun. You can indulge in these activities during breaks from tougher things, or use them as a reward for completing tasks.
7. Keep Goals in Mind. For each thing you have to do in a day, take a moment to consider whether it’s directly helping you reach a specific goal or not. If it’s not, consider eliminating it from your list, moving it to a later time, or delegating it to somebody else.
The Take Away
Want to learn more about setting effective priorities, managing time, and working more efficiently to achieve your business goals. Simply book a free 30 minute consultation with me, Bob Milliken, at Bit.ly/SimplifyYourMarketing, and we can talk about it.