Time is a very precious commodity – and it’s one that we cannot buy more of. Your only option is to use what you have in the best way possible. Here are some time management tips to help you make the most of what you have:
Set A Schedule
Write down all of the things you need to do, in business and in life. Create a schedule that works for you to get all of these things done. We all have different lives and time constraints. Maybe you can devote your mornings to your business or maybe you can only work on your business a couple nights per week. Decide when you can fit “working” hours into your schedule and pencil them in.
Many of us underestimate the time it actually takes to complete tasks. That leads us to over scheduling, and then we feel bad when we can’t get everything on our lists done. Time yourself on your basic tasks and get a realistic time frame for how long it takes to complete everything.
Plan Your Day
Once you know how long things take, you can realistically plan your day. Get out your schedule with your “working hours” penciled in and then decide what tasks you can fit into those designated times.
Automate Where You Can
Chances are, you can automate many of your tasks. Instead of spending hours writing social media updates every day, you can use a free tool like HootSuite, and spend a chunk of time writing them on ONE DAY. You can set up the day and time you want them to appear in the future.
Delegate to Get More Done
You can also free up some of your time by delegating tasks to a virtual assistant. This will allow you to focus on the tasks you enjoy and/or the tasks that can only be completed by you.
Don’t forget that one of the biggest lessons in time management is knowing that it’s okay to take a break from business to enjoy your life. You will never get everything done. Get the important stuff done and then enjoy some free time.