Being productive as entrepreneurs is a great challenge. As leaders of our company, we must have time for all aspects of the business, from sales to marketing and customer service, all in 24 hours a day… and also, we must rest and take care of our personal life.
Therefore, today we give you eight good tips to get the most out of your time.
- The “just-in-time” learning method
When you have little time, a great technique to acquire knowledge is to learn just what you need at any given time. For example, do you need to learn how to edit your website? Watch a tutorial and put it into practice right away. By putting knowledge into use immediately, it is easier to retain it.
- Focus on your priorities
It may sound obvious, but you must know your personal and professional priorities very well to avoid wasting time in useless actions. Set your priorities and schedule them on your calendar.
- Take the first step
Many business ideas end before they actually start. So stop waiting for a perfect moment to act and just go ahead with your plans. If you have to rectify later, at least you will have already come part of the way and learned from your mistakes.
- Avoid distractions
It also seems very obvious, but sometimes we waste much of our time in distractions like browsing social media or answering messages. When you really need to focus and accomplish a task, isolate yourself from distractions even for a few hours.
- Measure your time
To better invest your time, you must start by understanding what you spend it on. There are many ways to track your time, from making notes in a notebook to the latest apps. Keep an eye on how much time you spend on your goals and how much on unforeseen activities.
If you find yourself overwhelmed by activities that do not allow you to focus on what you should be doing, you probably need help. Delegate part of your activities to an assistant, a partner or an employee.
- Optimize your communications
Do you keep sending emails or messages to assign and receive tasks from your team? Give activity management apps a chance (many of them are for free). They send everyone automatic notifications when something is pending or ready.
- Stop & think
Even if you feel that you are really busy and that you do not have a second to waste, stopping everything for a few minutes and thinking about how to organize your activities is one of the most useful things you can do during the day. You can even set some time aside in your calendar for these thinking breaks.
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