If you are running your own business your time is precious and time management can be tricky. I am going to be covering 5 top tips for how to manage your time as a self-employed business owner.
1. Make a list of things to do
Don’t rely on memory, when you are busy and under pressure to get things done, make sure you are writing those tasks down. Whether that be on a notepad, or on a list on your phone, or a spreadsheet on your laptop, whichever way is easiest for you.
Don’t limit yourself to one list, keep a list of urgent to do’s, to do’s and long-term to do’s, and add a due date to each task and review all three each day. A great way to keep on top of tasks is by using software such as Trello. You can create different ‘to-do’ boards, colour code, share and collaborate with your team, add deadlines, photos and much more.
2. Be realistic about your time
Make sure you are realistic about what can be achieved within timescales. By being over ambitious could actually have the opposite effect, you could become less efficient with your time if you know you won’t meet the target.
If you don’t already, start using a diary to not only record your meetings but also work and personal commitments. Try to allocate an hour, or however long you feel appropriate for urgent or unplanned work each day. Keep to your scheduled meetings and avoid last-minute meetings unless they are imperative to your business.
3. Don’t take on too many projects at once
As a business owner, you want to be the best and you want to be able to do it all, but don’t lose focus. Focusing on only one or two big projects at a time will mean you have clarity and will also make it more likely that you make a success of that project.
Don’t downsize your growth plans or stop dreaming big, just make sure that you have a plan on how to achieve those dreams. If you tackle each stage in a systematic and effective way it is going to make it possible to make those dreams a reality.
4. Make sure you delegate
Make use of the people around you. If you are going through a particularly busy spell and are struggling to get it all you should let people know. If you have employed staff make sure you are delegating properly if you are carrying out low-value tasks that don’t need your attention, move the tasks to someone else.
It doesn’t just apply to the workplace, if you are taking on things in your personal life that your friends or family could help you with you should let them know, they will be more than likely pleased to support you.
5. Consider if you should outsource
Outsourcing isn’t just for things that you don’t know how to do. You can outsource tasks that you don’t have time to do. If you are new to self-employment you may not have a team around you that can help and you may not be in the position to hire someone.
Outsourcing is the perfect solution, you can use the services of someone who is qualified to help you but only pay for the hours worked without the commitment to employed staff.
Time to make a conclusion
When you are a business owner you have lots to think about and many demands on your time. By following these tips and making sure your targets are achievable you will feel motivated and encouraged when you reach your goals.
I would love to hear what you think of these five top tips on time management. Why don’t you contact me and tell me what you struggle to find time to do? Or perhaps let me know about another time-saving tip that I have missed?