Time management techniques are front-and-center in the mind of entrepreneurs. It’s important to know how to use your time wisely in order to get everything accomplished. Entrepreneurs are constantly under pressure and managing time efficiently is an integral part of entrepreneur success.
1. Schedule Important Tasks
If something is important enough to deserve your attention, schedule it. Everything from recurring tasks to last-minute meetings with clients should have a time and a place. Once something is in your calendar, make sure to keep your appointments.
2. Split Up Big Tasks
When it comes to large projects, it’s best to break them up into smaller tasks. A long-term approach like this gets the work done on time without becoming overwhelming. Get started on big projects sooner rather than later by filling in small gaps of time in your current schedule.
3. Prioritize Your Day
Entrepreneurs often feel that they can get through their work. This is a fantasy, though. When you complete one task, another one will be waiting behind in. The goal should be to finish the most important tasks first so that even if the smaller jobs have to wait, the larger, more important responsibilities are handled for now.
4. Schedule Time for Brainstorming
Don’t forget to factor in time for thinking, planning, reading and learning. There are a lot of work tasks that you should do that don’t actually feel like work. A certain amount of brainstorming is necessary to truly succeed as an entrepreneur.
5. Focus During Work Time
When you’re ready to sit down and work, remove all distractions so you can completely focus on the task at hand. You may find that you can get work done in shorter time frames simply by focusing harder. This can give you more free time in your day or create extra time to squeeze in more tasks.
6. Stay Organized
You may not think that time management for entrepreneurs has anything to do with organization, but it does. When your desk, office and computer are organized, it’s much easier to find what you need quickly. If you find that you spend far too much time looking for lost receipts or trying to locate the computer file you were working on yesterday, it may be time to de-clutter.
7. Plan Your Day Ahead of Time
Before you actually begin your work day, it’s important to plan it out. Some entrepreneurs like to set everything up the night before, while others work better if they take the first half hour of the morning to plan their day. Whichever way you do it, you’ll be more productive if you can plan and stick to a schedule.
8. Eat the Frog
“Eat the Frog” is a major technique for time management for entrepreneurs. It means getting your biggest, ugliest task over with first thing. When you eat the frog at the start of your day, the rest of your work day will feel easier. You won’t be worrying about that big, bad job that you still have to do. Plus, you’ll tackle your most important, hardest task when you have a ton of energy.
9. Decide What You Want to Accomplish
Before you jump into any task, no matter how small or large, figure out what you hope to get out of it. When you know what you want to accomplish, you won’t waste your time working toward unimportant goals.
10. Figure Out What Produces the Most Results
A golden rule of entrepreneurship is that 20% of your efforts will produce 80% of your results. Figure out what that 20% is and devote your time, energy and focus to those specific tasks.
It’s common for entrepreneurs to feel like they’re working around-the-clock without actually getting anything done. Time management techniques can help you get more work done in the limited hours you have. If you would like an experienced expert to help you with your time management, book a free 15 minute intro session with George Black, founder of Intigro!
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