Business organization and productivity are integrally linked to effective time management. If you feel that your company has been stagnating and could be growing much more rapidly than it is, perhaps the key to progress is the implementation of tried and true time management techniques. Here are some ideas to help you get started.
Eliminate Time-Wasting Activities
Almost everyone loses at least some portion of their work hours in time-wasting activities such as making personal phone calls, texting, surfing the Net, and reading and answering email messages. Isolate the unproductive activities that you fall prey to, and then work on eliminating these time wasters by setting specific personal goals. For instance, if your biggest time waster is reading emails, resolve not to look at personal email messages until the end of your workday. Create an overall time management plan that eliminates these unproductive activities one by one until you have formed the habit of keeping them all in their proper places.
Schedule Your Time
Most entrepreneurs have more tasks on their to-do lists than they could possibly accomplish in a day, so ruthlessly prioritize these each morning, and do the most important jobs first. Although emergencies inevitably arise, establish effective routines that allow you to accomplish the maximum amount of work on a day-to-day basis. Set time limits on individual tasks and meetings, and stick to those limits.
Use Digital Tools
Appropriate software programs and phone apps allow you to set your schedule and establish periodic reminders. If you spend a significant amount of time working at your computer, upgrade to an efficient file management system to help you find and accomplish tasks quickly. The ability to keep working on your phone or tablet while waiting between appointments or meetings is another advantage of digitizing your schedule and workload.
Get Some Help
Successful entrepreneurs know that they can’t do it all themselves. Delegating some of your work to trusted employees frees you to do the tasks that only you can do.
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