In this article I want to focus on time management but specifically for those who own a business. I remember hearing stories from my dad and grandpa about work. It seems like baby boomers and other generations worked for the same company for years and years and then retired. Nowadays many of us have several jobs, change jobs frequently, own businesses or have businesses on the side. I have so many friends that have photography, hairstylists, marketing, etc. types of businesses either full time or in conjunction with another job.
Whatever your scenario if you own your own business or work from home in any capacity you must manage your time well so that your business stays productive and you stay sane. With all the responsibilities and chaos of life it is easy to get wrapped up in so many things and lose sight of what is important. It is easy to get caught up with tasks and projects that are not really essential to your business thriving. So how do you pick what is urgent and important and what can wait? Also, how do you not get distracted?
Here are some tips on managing your time within your business:
- Have an office space away from the rest of your family. If you need to work from home, make sure your office is not in the middle of home life including your kitchen table. I had a friend that worked from another friend’s house in a room in their basement just so he could get tasks done without being distracted. Many people choose to work at coffee shops or rent spaces in other office buildings. Regardless of where you decide to work from make sure it is conducive to getting things done and not being distracted.
- Have office hours and stick to them. If you work from home you have to have office hours that are consistent. I have a friend who does home investing and works with people who are looking to sell home fast that has three small children with special needs so he works from home. He sets his hours so that he can help out during the day and then he works every night and this is effective for their family. The great thing about owning your own business is you can be flexible and set your own hours. The key is to make sure that you set hours that work for you and your family and stick to them.
- Have a consistent to do list. In college I used to be a Post-it person. I would have Post-its all over with to-dos on them. It wasn’t until I got my first real job that I realized this system did not really work for me. It is important to have an ongoing to do list most likely on your desktop that you can refer to daily. Whatever system works for you make sure you stay consistent.
- When you start your office hours for the day, determine which project needs to be done first. Work on the project until it is done before you move on to the next one. I determine the most urgent project by looking at deadlines first and then the project that pays the most. For example if you do sewer repair Tacoma then you need to identify which projects need to get done first.
These are just a few tips to help you manage your time. Having your own business has so many benefits and gives you flexibility. Some days are better than others. It is important to stay positive and don’t beat yourself up if you have an inefficient day. Make a good plan and stick to it. If you have a good to do list, a conducive working space, and consistent work hours you will be able to manage your time effectively.
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