We are sure you’re pressed for time, so let's get straight to the point. If you are an entrepreneur, you have to be good at managing your time. If you don’t, you will find yourself overwhelmed with fire drills and never able to do the kind of work you are passionate about.
Being your own boss sounds exciting, but it also means you have to effectively manage your most valuable resource. Time.
We all have the same 24 hours. What you do with yours determines your success. It’s impossible to get more time. The art is in being efficient and managing it well.
1.) DON’T WASTE TIME TRYING TO REMEMBER
A human brain is an incredible machine and we take it for granted.
Do you have to remember how to drive a car each time you get behind the wheel? No.
How about when to breathe? No.
Did you forget to take out the trash this morning? Probably.
Our brains handle both conscious and subconscious activities. The things we have to remember to do and the things that get handled seemingly on their own.
Every thought takes up space and memory. Billions of neural connections seem infinite, but we have a limited capacity for storage.
Luckily, technology has become an extension of the human brain. Everything is saved to “the cloud”. Free tools like Google Task help make quick to-do lists, sending a reminder to your phone and connected Gmail account.
You don’t have to waste time remembering what you forgot. Just write it down or type it out.
2.) STOP MULTITASKING
As we mentioned earlier, the key to time management is not about getting more and more time. It’s in the attitude you have to manage your time.
In managing your time, attention and focus are very crucial. Multitasking is not putting 100% into the things you do. It’s dividing your attention between those things.
If you switch from one task to another, you will most likely end up with mediocre results. You expose yourself to more errors and spend even more time fixing them.
Controlling your attention and focusing on the most important goals before moving on to the next will increase your productivity and the quality of your work.
3.) KEEP UP WITH YOUR SPACE
Keep your space neat and organized. If you let your environment get stressful and cluttered, your mind will follow.
There’s no bigger time killer than a lost pen.
A clear environment creates a clear headspace. Whether it’s cleaning up 10 minutes before you go to bed each night or taking an hour on Sunday, keep your work and personal areas clean.
4.) PLAN FOR SOME “ME” TIME
As an entrepreneur, your health is of the utmost importance. The life of a self-starter tends to mimic those who push themselves to the brink of physical and mental exhaustion. Late nights and early morning, all dedicated to the work.
But, pushing yourself extensively for long periods of time can ultimately lead to burnout or illness.
Allocate time to decompress, it can be every other day or once a week. Take some time to let your mind wander. This allows you to be more refreshed and imaginative once you get back into your work.
LAST THOUGHTS AND QUICK TIPS
There are literally thousands of ways to manage your time better. Here are some quick tips you can implement today:
Prioritize your meetings on your calendar. If you are not a direct contributor to the discussion, maybe you don’t need to go.
If a task takes you more than 20 minutes to get started, switch tasks. If a task takes two minutes or less to complete, do it straight away.
Learn how to delegate smaller tasks to others.
Develop a routine to free up your time.
How do you stay productive day-to-day? Let us know in the comments below.