Regardless what business or line of work you’re in, time management is one of the hardest assets to put into place and stick with. As an entrepreneur or aspiring entrepreneur, you have multiple responsibilities to keep you busy (or easily distracted) from what you should be doing to reach your goals.
There are so many tasks and hurdles on the road to long-term success, it’s not hard to become overwhelmed with the way you spend your day. This results in most entrepreneurs spinning their wheel, but going nowhere. Why? Because they haven’t learned to manage their time well yet.
If this sounds like you or maybe someone you know, here are our top 5 time management tips:
1. Keep an Updated Calendar
One of the best ways every entrepreneur can stay productive is to keep a calendar on hand that syncs with all of your devices. With a calendar tool, you are able to see responsibilities in the near future, and prepare for them in advance.
2. Make Lists and Learn to Love Them
Make a list of the things that should be done for the day and ranks them in order of importance. Keep top priority tasks first on the list, and do them first. If you don’t make it to the others, it’s fine. You’ve already done the most important jobs for the day.
3. Create a Plan of Action
Create a plan so you have something to manage yourself by daily. Have a one-day, a 30-day, and a 90-day plan. These plans allow you to create an intention with your work, which means you will be working towards a specific end game. Intention is necessary because it allows entrepreneurs to create a goal for your business that you can begin working towards. In fact, as an entrepreneur, you should be using an intention planner to help you focus on working your plan more effectively.
4. Create a Productivity Schedule That Works for You
You need to think of it in terms of two things — time perspective and energy perspective. Sometimes this is hard to do because entrepreneurs have more energy than time or vice versa. This is why it’s so important to determine the most important objectives you should be completing for the day.
5. Don’t Overload Yourself
One of the hardest things for entrepreneurs to do is to be completely honest with themselves about how they are spending their time on projects. More often than not, you will find yourself doing meaningless tasks — which don’t really need doing — simply because you’re procrastinating the important jobs you think will be difficult.
Don’t overload yourself where you find yourself wanting to do the less important tasks first. In order to correctly manage the future of your work, you have to understand the importance of what you’re doing now. For the future to matter for your business, you have to grab the reins and stay on track today for tomorrow to be successful.
What’s your trick to staying productive and focused?
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