by: Dan Preston
Do you have plenty to do, but don’t have enough time to do it all in? These days it appears there is a mad scramble to accomplish more in a shorter amount of time.
As a business owner, there will be times that you feel overwhelmed with tasks you want to accomplish, but seem to never have enough time to complete everything.
Here you will find 9 time management suggestions which will in turn help you accomplish tasks more efficiently and give you a chance to open up more opportunities to do the things you’d rather be doing.
1) Create A To Do List – Having a well plotted “To Do List” will keep you focused on the tasks that need attention and will help you from straying away from the things you want or need to accomplish.
2) Prioritize Your To Do List – If you have a “To Do” list that contains several tasks, it is wise to separate the items that must be done now from the ones that hold lesser importance. Tasks with a deadline should be first on your priority list.
3) Spend Time Planning – Using your time to plan and think ahead is time spent wisely. Having a clear direction where you want your business to be in a few years down the road will allow you to spend your precious time and money more effectively and efficiently. It has been said, that if you do not plan, then you are planning to fail.
4) Create Goals For Yourself – Without goals your life would have no direction. When setting goals be sure to create ones that are specific, achievable, realistic and at the same time cause you to reach beyond your comfort zone so that you gain the ability to reach those goals that are more difficult to obtain than others.
5) Overcome Procrastination – Many people put off things that they don’t want to do until the very last minute. One way to overcome procrastination is to work on tasks just a little bit at a time or for only a set time period rather than for long time periods all at once. This way you are still getting your important tasks done, but just at a slower rate.
6) Eliminate Important Tasks First – Check off on your “To Do” list as to which tasks out rank others as far as importance is concerned. By doing this you will not get side tracked or find yourself in a deadline rush to get the items with greater rewards finished on time. Once the important tasks are completed then you should move onto the less important items on your list.
7) Nobody’s Perfect – Doing a job well to the best of your abilities is a practice of honorable measures. By spending the time to try and be perfect at everything you do is not time well spent because the time you do spend could be used at accomplishing other important tasks. Although, some things do need to be close to perfect, but not all.
8) Be Flexible – Plan your time so that if there are distractions or emergencies to attend to, you won’t find yourself in a situation where you must delay the completion of important tasks, but can attend to the distraction and still keep on schedule.
9) Treat Yourself – To make life happier and healthier for oneself, it is important that you take time away from your work to just have some fun. If all you do is work, work, work, then accomplishing the goals you have set for yourself will have little meaning and you risk mental burnout. Taking time out to have fun is also necessary to relieve yourself from the many stresses that life has to offer.