Do you ever feel you just don’t have enough time in your day to get everything done? Do you get distracted with emails, or social media, or even cute cat videos – and you lose track of time?
Small business owners often have so much to do on a daily basis that it’s essential to prioritize and use their time as wisely as possible. In this article we’ll share 10 quick time management tips to help you save time. Because as a small business owner, you already know that time is money.
1. Plan Your Day
Plan your day ahead of time and know what you need to get done for the day. Set up your calendar to know what needs to get done daily/weekly/monthly/quarterly/yearly. When you plan things ahead of time, it doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone when it happens – and tasks don’t get forgotten or lost.
List everything you need and want to get done and then prioritize, so you know which things need to get done first and which things absolutely must get done that day. You will also find the tasks that are not as important and can be pushed to the bottom of the list.
3. Keep Essential Tools Handy
Do you ever start a job such as cleaning or a building or construction project, only to realize you forgot something or didn’t have the tools you needed? It saves so much time if you make sure you have everything you need before starting the job at hand.
4. Use Time Management Apps, Calendars and Alerts
Using time management apps and calendars/alerts/alarms/reminders can help ensure you don’t forget anything and that you don’t have crossover in events or tasks. This is especially important for your most important tasks. You don’t want them getting lost in the shuffle.
5. Always Work With What Works Best for You
Some people work better using mobile/digital calendars, whereas some people work better with a regular paper calendar or sticky notes. Use what works best for you. Don’t force yourself to try to use some high tech time management app if it’s easier for you to use pen and paper, or vise versa.
If you have other team members/employees, don’t try to do everything yourself or micromanage. Let each team member do what they do best while you do what you do best.
7. Limit Distractions
When focusing on a task, try to limit other distractions. For example, if you’re working on a project on the computer, don’t get distracted by a non-urgent email or social media notification that could cause a distraction that could lead to another distraction that could lead to a lot of your valuable time wasted.
Organize your workspace so that you always know where everything is. Try to organize in a way that makes your most used tools of the trade easy to find and easily accessible. This could also include organizing projects/customers/contracts using file folders or some type of customer management app or program, so you can easily refer back to the details of the project or client.
9. Don’t be Afraid to Say No
Sometimes you just have to say no. If a project is outside of your scope or expertise, you don’t have the skills, tools, or time for the job, or one of many other reasons. You’ll just waste your time and your client’s time if you say yes to something you can’t accomplish.
10. Set Time Limits
Even if you just plan general guidelines, it can be a major time saver if you block out certain amounts of time for certain tasks and then try to stay as close to those guidelines as possible. Even though things will most likely not go exactly as you planned them to every day, this will give you a basic plan for your day.
So there you have it – ten essential time management tips for small business owners. We hope you enjoyed this article and don’t forget to share it on all social media platforms if you found it helpful!
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