Feeling distracted as an entrepreneur? The advantages of an entrepreneurial mind can typically include balance multiple goals, dreams and business ventures. However, this wide-spread attention can quickly lead to distractions and time management issues. While you’re busy juggling your multiple responsibilities, try to implement these tips for making the most of your time.
Whether you consider yourself a list maker or not, lists can be an effective way to solidify your plans and create a sensible course of action. Use daily lists to plan the tasks you need to accomplish. A benefit of having a written list is that you can easily organize and prioritize your list. Trying to simply remember important tasks can tax your mental energy and possibly cause you to forget important events, phone calls or projects.
Even the busiest entrepreneurs need to take time to plan out their actions before starting the day. A key part of time management is using your time effectively. Think about what you want to say in a conversation, what you want to accomplish in a meeting and what you need to communicate in an email before the event. This allows you to maximize your time, prevent misunderstandings and convey all the information you need to in a limited time.
Distractions come in all shapes and sizes. Some entrepreneurs need to have set business hours, and not answer the phone outside of those hours. Your phone and your computer are two major sources of distraction. If you need to take some time away from your technology, put it in your schedule so important clients and employees still have a way to reach you or another team member to take over your daily responsibilities for a few hours. Choosing a single activity to intentionally spend your time on can give you a huge boost in productivity, as well as keep your mental energy stores ready for the next task.
These time management skills don’t happen overnight. In our digitally distracted age, it may seem impossible to move away from your social media accounts and other distractions. However, it’s essential to find ways to manage your time successfully so that you can achieve the things you want to achieve daily. By setting a clear list, sticking to the list and delegating tasks effectively, you can eliminate distractions, leverage your time and keep growing your business successfully. Don’t let your range of responsibilities keep you from successful management of your time.