As a business management consultant, one of the first things I see with new clients is their lack of time management skills. The owners of these companies posses great ideas and a plethora of energy and ambition to accomplish their goals, yet they lack progression. What usually happens is you, as the business owner, have so many things you want to do, and you overwhelm yourself in attempt to do everything at one time.
Back in 2007 when I was spearheading a talent agency, one of my biggest flaws was trying to do everything at the same time. I tried to run 3 different departments while managing over 20 models, photographers, and music artists. In addition, I maintained a role in event coordination as well as taking on a few independent contracting gigs. Needless to say, this resulted in an unorganized lifestyle that didn’t last long before requiring a restructuring phase.
A Few Ideas to Help You Manage Your Time Better
- Create a To-Do-List – The key to gaining high effectiveness from a making list is to prioritize everything. Try writing things down in numeric order for high priority to the lowest.
- Set Personal Goals – Setting personal goals are like setting your GPS for a road-trip. You know where you want to go and setting goals gives you a vision to work toward. It also helps you decide what is worth your time and what is just a distraction.
- Prioritizing – In order to get the most out of your time, prioritizing is not only essential, but it will teach better management.
- Be Aware of Distractions – When you are in the zone be aware of your distractions. They can come in all forms including Facebook messages, Twitter, emails, and phone calls; being more aware results in less distractions.
- Avoid Procrastination – When you procrastinate, you feel guilty that you have not started; you began to dread completing the task; eventually everything catches up with you and you fail to execute the work on time.
- Being Busy Does Not Mean You’re Being Productive – We get into a habit of being busy because we try to met last minute deadlines and projects to create a surge of adrenaline. Oh yeah, we are awefully busy, but we could manage our time better by slowing down the pace of our actions.
- Avoid Multitasking When There is No Need- Scratch the mentality of multitasking. Instead, focus on one task at a time, that way you will produce higher quality work.
- Take Breaks During Your Work Schedule – Taking breaks will allow you to focus and produce a high-quality work performance. Breaks allows your brain time to rest and recharge.
- Create a Specific Work Schedule – Corporate jobs have designated work hours that outlines exactly what needs to be done and how long it should take to accomplish the task list; the same should be applied to your life and business.
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