Some people make good use of their time, some people don’t.
You can waste a lot of time trying things to save time
I believe the number one time management tip is to increase your energy levels. When you do that your time management automatically improves. Eat well, exercise well and get plenty of sleep.
The second most important thing to improve your time management is to have a clear purpose, vision and objectives. Nothing saps up your time quicker than a lack of direction.
The third most important thing is to know and utilise your best working periods of the day and schedule your most important tasks into that period.
And the ultimate way to save big chunks of time is to start outsourcing. Outsource everything that is not your core business. Start with simple things like bookkeeping, writing content and debtors control.
Look at some time collapsing, which is when you take a task or a project that typically takes a set amount of time and you find a way to collapse that time down into just a fraction of what it usually takes.
Start time to collapse your systems, processes, and tasks that you and your team have done many times before and are already comfortable with. There is nothing like a reappraisal of the activities you have been doing repeatedly over time without any further consideration.
“One of the things I like most about owning my own business is having more chances to put things right”. Peter Sergeant
As a business advisor, I often see clients try a lot of different things, that’s good, but not all at once. They have read or heard about something that sounded like a good idea, and it probably is, so they think they will try it.
The problem is they go ahead without any regard for the important activities they have already scheduled. Then at the end of the day, week or month they wonder why they never have any time or money.
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The devil is in managing the details, I try to do one thing at a time and do it well, before moving on to the next thing. Multi-skilling can be good but it can bugger up your time management.
If you’re passionate about improving your time management and you want to make a bigger impact on your business, don’t get lost in the ‘noise’ of the marketplace. Trust yourself and focus on the activities that will have the biggest positive impact on your business.
Don’t invest all of your time and energy into building your business and trying to make a positive difference. It’s easy to lose focus on what is really important to you, your family and your business.