Time Management for Entrepreneurs

As entrepreneurs, you can end up devoting a lot of time to getting your business up and running, or just handling day to day operations of your business venture. Figuring out how to manage that time wisely is the key factor when it comes to you being productive, or counter-productive.

Many entrepreneurs have certain routines they like to follow in order to make the most of their time, but there are some tips that may be more helpful to you as you try and get your business on the right track to success. Starting your own business is stressful enough, but you can make it a little less hectic by learning how to manage your time more effectively.

1. Focus On One Task At A Time

It’s easy to get distracted by the many obstacles, chores, or tasks you need to overcome when starting a business. Focus on and knock each task out one at a time and you will see your vision begin to take shape.

2. Organize Your Day Into Time Blocks

Dedicate each portion of the day to performing certain tasks. Putting yourself into a regular routine each and every day will help to eliminate the stresses of a less-than-organized approach.

3. Do Things That You Love To Do

Take on tasks that are going to be the most motivating to you personally. If you are doing tasks you love, or are comfortable with, you will find that it is much easier to get your venture on the right track.

4. Don’t Get Paralyzed By The Pursuit Of Perfection

Of course you want everything to be perfect, but odds are that not all things are going to be. If you stress out too much about perfecting every little detail, you will waste valuable time needed for other tasks you need to accomplish.

5. Stay In The Here And Now

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when trying to do too much at once. Try to ground or level yourself to focusing on hat is most important in the current moment.

6. Put Your Brain On “Autopilot” For The Little Things

Your brain space is precious, and it works much better than you think it does. Performing the same tasks at each time every day will allow your brain to “plan ahead” and get you more focused for the days challenges.

7. Write Yourself A To Do List

This is probably the simplest tip on here, but think about it…If you have a pre-though out list of what you want to accomplish in a day, your time will be much better well spent.

8. Get Yourself An “Accountability” Partner

Use a family member or reliable friend to hold you accountable for getting things done. If you have a task you want to complete by noon, have someone who can call you to make sure you did it.

9. Don’t Worry About Social Media

Social media platforms are monumental to entrepreneurs these days and they can help tremendously to spread the word about your business, but these sites are time-sucking parasites that will have you distracted all day. Only check them at night and use your time during the day more productively.

10. Deal With Things Only Once

Perform tasks such as emails, calls, or social media-check ins only once during the day and forget about them. Use the rest of your time to do actual work.

11. Escape Into Single-Tasking

Don’t worry about 5 things at once. Performing one task at a time will help you to be more productive, as it will take away the hectic-ness of trying to do too much at once.

Charles Crawford is the co-founder of Crawford and O’Brien. Aside from doing dental SEO and helping dentists get new patients, Charles plays jazz piano in restaurants in Scottsdale, AZ on weekends.

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