This is a guest post from Sandi Evans, a Delegation Strategist. Some fantastic advice on how to get focused and get things done. Thank you Sandi for your on point advice!
Time is one of the biggest resources to entrepreneurs. Think of it is an investment. In order to receive a return on it we must invest it wisely. Oftentimes, we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of business we become super busy…wasting time. Whether you are a full time entrepreneur or running your side hustle after your 9 to 5, effective time management is key to your overall success. Here are 5 ways to ensure you are managing your time effectively and not busy being busy:
- Plan your day. If you fail to plan you plan to fail, right? Going into your day without a detailed plan or to do list is a recipe for disaster. You’ll find yourself wasting time just trying to get started and figuring out what to do first. At the end of the day make a list of everything you were unable to complete as well as any new tasks you’d like to tackle the next day. It’s basically a brain dump. It will clear the clutter from your mind and give you a clear vision of the work that needs to be done.
- Use a timer. As a VA (virtual assistant) I began using a timer app to track my time spent on client work so I could bill them accordingly. But I quickly found that using it for every task/project helped me see exactly where my time was going. Toggl is a great FREE app that will track time spent in your business and give you detailed reports. You’ll quickly see if you’re getting lost in your emails for hours sorting through spam or if you’re actually being productive.
- Eliminate distractions. I know this can be difficult these days. The phone is ringing, your email in dinging and you’ve got 15 windows open on your computer, literally. You have to block out these distractions. Silence your phone while working on projects. And turn off the message preview on your computer. Schedule a time to check emails voicemails after you’re done. I promise the world will not explode while you’re working.
- Don’t multi-task! I know, I know. We’ve been trained to think multi-tasking makes us super heroes. It’s just not true. Studies have shown it actually makes you less productive. The reason is that it actually takes longer to complete things AND there are often mistakes in the work completed because we’re not focused.
- Stay off of Social Media. People spend an average of 3 hours a day strolling social media. Just say NO. Well, not exactly. Social media is imperative for marketing purposes so you have to be strategic when engaging on social media. Don’t scroll through your timeline. Instead go straight to groups where you want to engage post, comment and move on. Use scheduling apps for posting your content and DO NOT leave it open on your computer. Have a scheduled time for social media during business hours.
Time is the one thing you can never get back. Being busy just to feel like you’re working is not effective. You’ll make the most of your day and time when you decide to use it wisely and get busy being productive.
-Sandi Evans, Delegation Strategist http://carterevansservices.com/