If you’re an entrepreneur, you know you have more work than you have time to do it in. It’s a universal condition, and at times it’s overwhelming. The good news is, there are ways of getting things done that don’t involve foregoing sleep or sanity.
What you need is a methodical approach.
Effective time management will help you do everything better. More success in business, more success in life.
By utilizing time tactically, you can handle everything that life throws at you.
OK, you might be thinking… HOW?
Begin at the Beginning
Effective time management starts with goal setting. You must decide where you want to go, what you want to accomplish. Picture it. Write it down. Check in periodically to make sure you (and your business) are on the right track.
Create your “To-Do” list (or your “Done List“) the night before or wake up early and plan for the entire day. Make sure you don’t put too many things on your list, though. I can’t remember where I read it (maybe Chet Holmes), but I’ve heard that productivity tends to fall off if you add more than 6 items to your list each day.
As you go through your list, identify the toughest tasks and plan to execute those when you are at the peak of your productivity level. My friend Connie Ragen Green calls this “Prime Time,” and it’s critical that you know when yours is. In case you’re wondering, mine is mid-morning until about noon.
If you find you just have too many tasks, sort those by most important/urgent. By prioritizing tasks in advance, you can process things more systematically and accomplish more.
What If That’s Still Not Enough?
Try as you might, there may be some tasks that you can’t do even with supreme planning and focus.
For those, you should delegate to your team or hire (expert) virtual assistants. Besides performing those tasks with expertise, they will also let you focus upon the important aspects of your business that you can’t outsource.
The market has many opportunities. As an entrepreneur/business owner, you need to focus on what you and only you can do in your business. The rest of the things that must get done need to be delegated, either to your team or to a virtual assistant.
If you are looking for more tips on time management, the Virtual Assistant team at MyTasker has created a very nice infographic on 17 Time Management Tips for Busy Entrepreneurs. You can check it out below.
As you check out the Time Management Tips for Busy Entrepreneurs infographic, look for the following:
- Setting realistic goals
- Revisiting your “Why”
- Time auditing
- Eliminating the non-essentials
- and many more…!
The last thing I’d like to add is to take things one step at a time. You don’t need to be David Allen to get things done. You need to commit to managing your time, then take steps every day until it becomes a habit. As it becomes a habit, your time management skills will improve and you will achieve ever greater levels of success.