Why does it feel like you’re always running out of time at work?
Because you are.
Maybe you really are THAT busy, or maybe you just don’t know how to organize your day.
You’d be surprised how many opportunities you leave on the table with an unorganized business.
Instead of working through the night with a chip on your shoulder, get your work life in order and save time on every inch of your operation.
Being a small business owner is no walk in the park, but that doesn’t mean every day should be a time-crunch.
With a solid plan of action, you can save time, increase productivity, and focus on bringing new customers through the door.
Save Time in 7 Steps
- Plan for tomorrow the night before.
For many small business owners the hardest part is getting started.
You either find yourself spending half your day getting ready to start the to-do list or move so hastily, you end up redoing the majority of your work.
Taking a few minutes to organize tomorrow’s tasks can save your hours of time and stress.
Jot down a list of action items the night before so you know what you need to do before you go to the shop.
- Review your plan before starting work.
It’s strange how quickly things can change overnight.
Business moves fast, small or large.
Before diving into your list, take 15 minutes to get together with your team and reprioritize the list accordingly.
- Know what time work is over.
As a small business owner, you know what time shop opens. But when does it close?
When you know what time you’re done with work, it’s a lot easier to remain productive.
Furthermore, you’ll be able to save time by remaining motivated.
Ever noticed how much you get done in the few days before you go on vacation?
Having a firm end time for work gives you something to look forward (or a deadline).
- Do the most important project first.
Identify which project is critical to the rest of the day’s tasks.
The large majority of the time this isn’t the most ‘urgent’ task.
In fact, it’s usually as simple as planning how you’re going to do this ‘urgent’ task.
- Delegate everything except what you’re actually good at.
Why spend all day on something you’re not good at?
Take a few minutes to think about where your strengths are and attempt to delegate the rest to your team.
Though you won’t be able to pass off all of your action items.
Just imagine how much quicker those tasks will be completed when an expert is in charge of the task.
- Rush the unimportant tasks.
Did I just tell you to rush something? Yes. You can’t make everything perfect.
Especially when your business has more pressing issues on the line.
Take the small mundane tasks and power through them.
Prioritize every operation in your business by importance.
- Know your limits.
Can you really organize the entire inventory in 1 hour?
Many small business owners make the mistake of thinking they can get work faster than they actually can.
Write a list of your recurring tasks and time yourself.
In a few days, you ought to have a good idea of how long it takes you to complete a given task.
It’s no secret that time is precious. What will you do with yours?
I challenge you to apply each of these solutions to your daily life.
In a few weeks, you’ll feel more on top of your business than ever.
Better yet, you’ll have time to be more than a small business owner.
You’ll have time to be you.