Sunday, February 20, 2011
How to Take Advantage of National Small Business Week & Tips for Time Management
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Most entrepreneurs know what to do, they just need more time to do it! Here's an article I found that can help everyone struggling with "too much to do" syndrome.
Top 7 Time Management Tips
Manage your time and use it wisely, it is a journey and not something that can be easily mastered overnight. Implementing a plan will help, but it is not going to be a definite cure. Time management requires a significant amount of self-discipline.
Here are some tips to assist you with time management.
1. Set Goals
Set both short-term and long-term goals for your work per day, work per week, and work per year. It may seem to take the time to make a difference by written list of your goals, which will allow you to refer back to the list when you need some guidance. Keep in mind that it is good to adjust the goals as your business needs or your role changes. use them as tools to guide you.
All work and no play is a difficult concept to sustain for very long. Build rewards into your schedule. If there is a task you really dislike, follow it with a task that you greatly enjoy. Build "mini-rewards" into your schedule to increase your productivity.
3. Keep Lists
Keep a running "To Do" list. The To Do list should contain both daily tasks as well as longer-term tasks. Having a To do list will help keep your attention on the projects that require attention, and prevent some items from slipping through the cracks and being forgotten.
4. Be Realistic
Keep your expectations realistic. No one can do everything, Keep that it mind, try to set realistic expectations of what you can hope to accomplish.
Prioritize the list of things to do. Some items might require immediate attention, while others may be necessary but not that urgent. After prioritizing, try not to become a "firefighter" and only react to the urgent items. Be sure to still give proper attention to non-urgent items as well, as they are important too.
6. Use Time Wisely
If there are blocks of time that you spend waiting or commuting, figure out ways to use that time being productive! Listening to podcasts, reading, writing, proof-reading, reviewing your schedule, planning for your next activity, etc, are all things that can usually be done remotely to fill in some of the unavoidable "dead" time in your schedule. Try to find interesting and unusual productive things to do during those periods of downtime.
7. Set limits
Set reasonable time limits for tasks. When working on those tasks, monitor the time that each task is taking.
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