You as a small business owner, you know that time is the greatest tool for you to be successful. You can lose money and get it back. You can even lose a business and get back – but one thing is for sure time is irretrievable, that is why you have to protect your business like a hawk. Running a small business is hard, between administration, managing employees, marketing, chasing leads, and taking care of clients. As a small business owner you are always going to have a pretty packed schedule – at least until you reach the level of success where you can pay others to keep track of your to do list. The best thing you can do is to make sure that your time is well managed, so you can pack as much productivity into the time you as possible.
Here are best ways on how you can be on top of time management.
START WITH TIME LOGGING
Before you do anything else, you need to complete at least one day of time logging in. look for a piece of paper or create a spreadsheet and start from the moment you wake up to the moment you hit the sack at night. Your job is to track every single minute of your day, listing the task and the total amount of time spent. You really need to keep track of every single detail every day.
IDENTIFY YOUR BIG TIME WASTERS
Once you complete the time logging in, you will quickly see where you are wasting your time. Take your time log and total up the time of the day you tracked and then try to categorize all your activities.
USE THE POMODORO TECHNIQUE
The pomodoro technique is a popular time management method that involves setting a timer for 25 minutes while you focus on one specific task, then taking a short 5 minute break before starting the next task. There are different methods for pomodoro technique it is up to you on what to pick.
DELEGATE BUT DON’T ABDICATE
It is very obvious that being an effective small business owner or entrepreneur this means relying on other people to assist you or help you to get all the work done. They thing about delegation is to avoid abdication – you need to avoid employees responsibilities without effectively preparing and training them for the task. Part of making this work is to hire employees that are right for the job.