However, busy doesn’t always mean productive. So, time management is a tool that most successful business people use to ensure the velocity of their success.
We recognise that perhaps the most precious resource at our disposal is time. Money, ideas, talent, support – it can be generated or acquired, but no matter how smart you are, how hard you work, or how determined you are to succeed, we only have 24 hours a day to spend – and once it’s gone, it’s gone. So how do we ensure that we spend it wisely?
- Prioritise and Delegate
Prioritisation of tasks is essential. You need to be able to map out your working day with your priority tasks weighted to ensure that you keep yourselves from getting overwhelmed with so many tasks, of which many will be unnecessary.
Knowing your personal and professional priorities is key and the best way is to plan your priorities in your calendar or better yet our Strive and Thrive Daily Business Planner. Our planner is the perfect tool to keep on track with your daily, monthly and yearly priorities.
- Know how you currently spend your time.
In order to manage your time, you must first know how you spend it. You may wish to keep a log for a week to see the ways you use your time.
- Identify your “prime time.”
Some people work better first thing in the morning while others tend to “wake up” later in the day. Identify your best time and use it to carry out your most important or difficult tasks.
- Do tomorrow’s planning tonight.
This allows you to start off working first thing the next morning without having to decide what to do first. You will feel better for it when you rise in the morning.
- Ask yourself “Why am I doing what I’m doing right now?”
While this may seem like a silly question, it is, in fact, a valid one. It’s easy to get sidetracked on less vital issues. Asking yourself this question can help you refocus your attention where it is most beneficial.
Draw the line.
Meetings are so very important, but so very time-consuming. While they are essential, scheduling too many or spending too much time in them can throw you off track. Time is valuable, so whether you’re sitting with a client or on a phone call, set clear limits and deadlines to call a close when it’s due.
Plan your work, and work your plan.
NOTE TO ENTREPRENEUR SELF: Please don’t spend your time making a plan unless you actually intend to put it to use.
Identify your high-pay off items.
Spend most of your time and energy on those items with the biggest return.
Concentrate on results, not on being busy.
While you may work hard and go home exhausted after a long day at work, at the end of the day, consider what you actually accomplished. Focus on getting in a few daily wins, no matter how small they are.
Distractions come in many forms like social media, emails and phone calls, even if these tools generate business. Plan a set amount of time each day to focus on these things, so that you’re not tempted to check them throughout the day.
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