Time management isn’t a dark art; you don’t need to be a master of science to put simple time saving structures into your day. Check out our top tips for achieving a healthy work life balance and getting to grips with the benefits of time management.
Time Management Tips
Don’t overbook. Whilst it may be tempting to crowbar as much as possible into each working day this can actually limit your productivity. When running a business you will find that things rarely run on a pre-arranged agenda and as a result a lot of scheduled time ends up falling through the cracks and being pushed aside for other urgent priorities. As a rule assume that only 50% of the things you plan on doing today will actually get done. If you don’t, you’ll just waste valuable time trying to find out why things didn’t happen.
Prioritise ruthlessly. The secret to booking your time effectively boils down to knowing what’s important and what can wait. To help you determine how urgent something is remember to ask questions about the project, where possible negotiate longer deadlines to cope with issues you may encounter on the projects and importantly get out of the habit of providing an instant answer or quote to a problem. If you treat every job as a top priority your energy will deplete rapidly.
Learn to say no. One of the biggest challenges to effective time management is recognising you don’t have to agree to everything and with everyone. Use your priority criteria to identify requests that simply aren’t worth your time. By saying no to something you may actually open the door to something else that is far more worthy of your skills and time.
Use professionals to support you. The world of business has moved on and there are now a whole host of virtual professionals that can support your business when you need extra assistance or on a full time basis. We at Virtual Secretary Solutions are trusted by many business owners and entrepreneurs to do a wide range of business tasks and are a cost effective and efficient method that allows you to keep your business on track without you having to burn the midnight oil.
Accept that it won’t always be perfect. Try as we all may, time management isn’t an exact science. Don’t stress out—and waste time in the process—by obsessing over every second of time. Do what you can and enjoy what time you spend more pleasantly or productively. When you have things go right be grateful for it – that way when things do go wrong it isn’t so hard to take on board.
How do you manage your work / life balance?