Most business owners struggle with time management, particularly if you’re throwing kids or a part time job, a partner or any sort of lifestyle into the mix! Different things will work for different people. But here are 3 tips which could make all the difference for you.
1. Time yourself
There’s a rule around working for 52 minutes and taking a break for 17 minutes which has proven to be the most productive way to get through your day. So set your timer to 52 minutes then take your 17 minute break. And make sure it’s a good one. Go for a quick walk, grab a bite to eat, read a few pages of that book you’ve been meaning to read.
2. Eat that frog!
Have you heard that expression before? It means do the tasks you despise most, first. Don’t avoid them and pop them on tomorrow’s to-do list. Just do them and get them out of the way. This then means you have the whole rest of the day to do the good stuff!
3. Create your own timetable
If you think multitasking is effective, it’s not. Let it go. Turn off all of your notifications (new mail, Facebook notifications, etc.). Then create a timetable and block out different parts of the day for various things i.e. social media, marketing, networking, bookkeeping. Stay focused and on track.