4 Steps To Better Time Management for Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners
If you’re a small business owner or entrepreneur - you probably have a lot of irons in the fire. Social Media. Talking to Clients. Talking to Suppliers. Payroll if you have employees. Budgeting. The day to day tasks you have to complete are endless and ongoing. Being able to effectively manage your time is a must. Knowing what you’re trying to accomplish each and every day is a must if you want to have a successful business. If you struggle with this, there are four things you can do to be more efficient with your time.
Plan your day. Really. That sounds simple but knowing what you’re going to do the moment you walk into your office gives you focus. I love to-do-lists. Whether it’s on your cell phone, an iPad, your computer or on a piece of paper - write down what you want to accomplish so you can check it off when you’re done.
Once you write down your to-do-list - decide what’s important. What needs to get finished first? What is going to hinder you from making money? Satisfying a client’s needs? Moving to the next step of another tasks? Figure that out and you’ll know what to concentrate on first.
Don’t Stop Until You Finish
After you plan and prioritize - Get. To. Work. And don’t stop. Don’t start one task and jump to another before you even finished the first item on your list. The only way to check things off your to-do-list is to actually finish them. Yes, you might get interrupted, but don’t you made a to-do-list AND prioritized that list for a reason. Complete one task and a time until you get them done. And YES your list is probably un-ending - but as long as you’re ticking things off that list one-by-one, you’re helping your business grow.
Don’t put things off because you don’t want to do them. There will be some pain points when you’re the boss, the owner, the small business owner, the entrepreneur. But - if you’re a one-wo(man)-show, somebody has to do it and if you haven’t outsourced that task to someone else - you’re the only one who can get the job done. So do it. Maybe you can’t afford to outsource it out just yet because you’re still growing your business, but if you’re not procrastinating, and you’re systematically checking things off your to-do-list, one day you will be able to outsource the tasks you like the least to someone else. Someone like me, a virtual assistant or social media manager, an efficient Jill-of-all-trades who thrives on managing those tasks.