As a small-business owner, you have a limited about of time to work with. This means you need to know what you’re doing at work and how you’re using the hours in your day to your advantage. Here are some tips to managing your time and prioritizing what really matters to your business.
Set a dedicated time frame just for work
Schedule which tasks you will do and when
Plenty of people in business are reacting to the interruptions in their day. Between phone calls, emails and meetings, it can be difficult to focus on the important tasks. Schedule what you will focus on before you begin your workday.
Prioritize your activities
With so much to do, you might find yourself feeling overwhelmed and trying to do everything. Tasks that are less important to your business should be done later in the day. Use your time and energy to focus on the vital assignments that truly matter.
Always create time to think about how your business can improve
If you fail to look back on your work, you’ll run the risk of making the same mistakes over and over again. Set aside enough time to analyze how a project was completed. Take a moment to look at what your competitors are doing as well.
Keep a journal to write ideas and mark off tasks
Inspiration can hit you at any time during the day. Keep a journal nearby to jot ideas down and cross off to-do list items during the day.
Set an example for your employees
Set the schedule
Make a decision to be available at certain times to your employees. Show them that you’re on a strict schedule and they’ll respect your time and their time in the office. If you show that it's alright to slack off, they will slack off as well.
Have a system for group collaboration
If you don’t know what your employees are working on, there will be a great deal of confusion in the office. Save time and get everyone on the same system. Try a program like Basecamp or Trello.
Delegate tasks to employees
Delegating tasks to others who know what they’re doing will make a project go faster. Also, allow them to mark them off on the group platform so you know who is doing what and when.
Relax when it's time to relax
Regulate your business hours
When you decide when you start your day and when you end your day, you'll force yourself to fully focus on your business during that time period. This way, you'll face the day with a much more positive attitude.
Enjoy your time away from your work
When it's time to end the day, spend some time with the ones you love. No one wants to be working every single moment of the day. Relaxing will help you be more productive when you return back to work.
Whether you're in the starting stages of building your business or you've been working as a small-business owner for years now, these tips will help you improve your professional and your personal life.