As an entrepreneur or a small business owner your day is possibly packed with sending invoices, arranging meetings, updating social media and many other time-consuming tasks. While being your own boss is wonderful, you’ll often find there’s so much to do and so little time to do it.
If you want to grow your business, you’ll need to master the art of time management. Here are Virtual PA UK’s top five time management tips.
Organise Your Thoughts
You probably have a million ideas and tasks floating around your brain and it probably feels incredibly overwhelming. Jotting your ideas down on paper can be surprisingly soothing for the soul as well as being the best way to escape distractions. If you fancy using something a bit more technological, try using an app like Todoist or Wunderlist.
Once you’ve got your thoughts down, why not try categorising them, so you know which tasks and projects to prioritise. That way, you can create an effective, stress-free to do list.
Schedule But Don’t Over Schedule
When it comes to time management, your calendar should be your new best friend. Once you’ve completed your to-do list, use your calendar to identify when you are going to complete your tasks and how long it’s going to take you.
Remember to leave a couple of hours of unstructured time. Constantly working around the clock will cause a burnout, meaning you’re more likely to make errors and become less productive and efficient.
Emails, social media and phone calls are all huge distractions. Switch them off, shut them out and regain your focus to improve your productivity. You can even get a free Chrome extension, StayFocusd, that will limit your time on certain sites or certain types of content.
Hire A Virtual PA
If you want to improve your time management skills, you’ll have to accept that multi-tasking is a myth. Getting help for the smaller, more time-consuming tasks can be beneficial for your business as it provides you with more time to work on more important, moneymaking, projects. Hiring a virtual assistant will allow you to delegate tasks such as bookkeeping, call answering and event management so you have more time for other aspects of your business.