As a business owner, it can be difficult to balance out the millions of tasks and jobs that, as the parent of the business, seem to fall onto your shoulders. No matter how you look at it, you always end up with more things to do. The good news is, we have come up with a few tips on how to manage your time, as a business owner. We hope it helps!
1. Track a “typical” day for you.
When we mean track, we mean every minute of every day, from the moment you open your eyes in the morning, to the second you close them to go to sleep at night. You have to be able to log everything during this day in order for it to really work — don’t worry, you only need to do it once, so long as it’s a “normal” day for you. (We know, nothing is ever really “normal” in the business world, but you get what we’re trying to say.)
2. Identify the areas in your work day that involve the most time wasters.
That’s where the time logging comes into play — you’ll quickly see what areas of your workday are wasted on something nonproductive like looking through e-mails, listening to phone messages or returning calls, breaks, downtime, etc. Finding out when and where your time is being wasted the most is one of the easiest ways to manage your day.
3. Make sure you delegate tasks properly.
By that, we mean make sure that your employees are properly trained and informed for the task you’re giving them, and you’re not just saying “this is what I need done — go.” That might work in some cases, but in most, they need proper training in order to run things smoothly, otherwise you’re left doing the work yourself in an angry fluster. Don’t overstep, either. You have employees for a reason. Not everything has to be on you.
4. Try the Pomodoro Technique!
This technique is great for any task, even if it’s not business-related. This is when you set a timer for anywhere between 20 and 30 minutes to work on a task, and then when it goes off, you take a 5 or so minute break, and then you can either go back to that same task or move on to another one. You can use this based off of the time log for the day, to break up the tasks that take the longest.
Keep these tips in mind as you go through your daily business life, and remember to breathe! Being overwhelmed is normal in the business owning world, but it doesn’t have to be a constant. Good luck!