Between taking care of clients, growing your own business, and staying on top of all of the new developments and crises, it can seem like you’re spending your days juggling chainsaws or their equivalent, right? Managing our time can be really tough!
If getting even more done was part of your goals for 2013, something’s got to give. Thankfully, there are a number of time management techniques you can draw from to make your daily activities more efficient and give back some of your precious time each day. Here’s how.
5 Time Management Tips any Business Owner Can Use Today!
1. Know your goal
It sounds obvious, but some people start creating content without knowing what their goal is. Is it to teach? Inspire? Motivate? Sell product? Create a list? Without knowing your goal, you can create all the content in the world but never know if you’re reaching your goal. And if that’s the case, all of the time you’re investing in creating content is pretty much time wasted. I don’t know about you, but I definitely don’t have time to waste these days! Just saying…
2. Plan your content and make a calendar
Sometimes the hardest thing to do when it comes to social media engagement is just get started. I mean, when you sit down to create content, whether on your blog, your Facebook page, your Google+ page, or other social media network, sometimes just coming up with the inspiration and something to say can be the most time consuming part of the process!
One of the ways to trim that time is to have a planning session on a weekly or monthly basis, and write down your content ideas on a calendar. Also – consider looking at your next day’s topic ahead of time so that your subconscious mind can work on it. It might sound silly, but when I’ve given myself the ability to think of something ahead of time like that, the time it takes to actually write the content is greatly decreased.
If you do some of that pre-thinking, when you sit down to actually create content, you’ll have ideas at your fingertips, and maybe even have an idea of what you want to say about each topic.
3. Avoid interruptions – and that includes Facebook!
When it’s time to create content for your business, it’s important to cut out the distractions. Strangely enough, this means Facebook itself <grin>. Depending on how you schedule your content, that might be difficult to do. Still, the fewer interruptions you have as you plot out your content, the faster it will go, I promise!
4. Be single minded
It seems like no matter where you turn, someone is promising you the ability to multitask and get even more things done at once than you’ve already been trying to accomplish. Honestly – when you multitask, you lose productivity and efficiency. A bunch of studies have proven it!
A friend of mine told me a story once about a coworker who kept complaining about not getting anything done and how distracted she kept getting. My friend told her coworker about the studies suggesting that multitasking isn’t efficient, and the coworker almost got angry as she defended multitasking…how nice it must be for those who weren’t as busy as she was, but she just “had” to do it! Seriously! If you feel like you’re never actually finishing anything, you might want to take a look at how many things you’re trying to get done at once.
5. Brain dump what you can – and this includes passwords
Sometimes the sheer amount of things you’re trying to remember can decrease your productivity, and passwords can seriously contribute to the mental clutter! If you’re trying to clear the brain fog, consider using a password manager to store your passwords in and see if just the mental break from having to remember them helps you improve your efficiency.
Leave a comment – what are your favorite time-saving tips and tricks?