As the old saying goes, “time is money”. That’s especially true for the modern business owner, likely juggling numerous responsibilities and also remaining conscious of the bottom line. Thankfully, there are a few key tips and productivity hacks that you can employ to make the most of the hours that you do work. Here are a few top suggestions for small business owners.
Set Up Your To Do List Properly
A to-do list is great, but if it’s overwhelming you or making you distracted while you’re working on a project, that’s not productive at all. You need to structure your to-do list in terms of importance of the project or the difficulty involved. Smaller tasks go to the bottom of the list to allow you to tackle the “big fish” first. If a task seems so difficult you’re avoiding it altogether, this is a sign you need to break it into smaller milestones to increase the chances of celebrating small wins and moving towards the bigger goal.
Never Set Up or Attend a Meeting Without a Clear Agenda
If a meeting has a list of goals to talk about, it’s a great way to keep everyone on track and ensure that important issues are discussed. An agenda prevents derailed conversations and disorder taking more time than necessary.
Block Out Time For You
You need 1-2 hours a day where you’re doing something just for you. If this never gets on your schedule, you’re likely to just skip it because you’re not valuing it at the same level as your other priorities. If that time on your schedule is already cleared for it, though, you can rest assured that you can decompress during this period. Look forward to it during other days of the week when you’re feeling stressed. It’s going to be difficult for the modern small business owner to “let go” and take some time for themselves, but you’ll be amazed at the benefits. The problem you’ve been dealing with all with may suddenly present a clear solution when you’ve had some “me” time to step away from the office. You’ll likely come back with a better attitude and a fresh perspective, allowing you to get the most out of the hours you are working.
Getting more out of your day is just a few steps away. It’s not easy to manage so many responsibilities, but you can help yourself out by staying conscious of opportunities to improve your own productivity.