Time management is probably one of the hardest obstacles of any entrepreneur or business owner.
There is always so much to do, and not enough time in the day to get everything finished. No, there’s not a secret that someone can tell you to fix this issue, because everyone’s business and to-do’s are different. However, there are a few tips to better manage your time and work faster.
Keeping your desk clean and being organized is a must.
Sometimes I walk into offices, and I see cluttered desk. The first thing everyone says is I know where everything is. I really doubt that because if they could see that banana peel from this side of their desk, I am sure they would have thrown it away by now. Know where everything thing is. Have a system that works for you. This will will clear your head, and make that 20 minute search for a document be a 15 second search.
Don’t stop working.
In the past there has been so many times I get stuck on an issue for hours, when it should have taken minutes. I have learned that if I get stuck, I move on, and then come back to it when other work is finished. This has really helped me with time management.
Don’t question what you are doing, at least in the first 20 minutes. You have an idea, and it doesn’t have to be perfected the first time. There is a reason a draft is called a draft.
Keep your lights on bright in your office or work space.
It may seem crazy, but this actually increases productivity by 8%. Think about it. If the lights are low, you are eventually going to become slower at what you are doing, and because of this, you may fall asleep after a small amount of time.
Time management is best when you have a one track mind.
Quit thinking about all the things on your list of what you have to do, and focus on one thing at a time. The average person has 70,000 thoughts per day, which is 49 thoughts per minute. That is almost 1 thought per second. Make a list and mark it off as you go. You will soon find you are moving quickly.
You can explain all the if, and’s, and buts in an email hoping that the other person gets it the first time. But, let’s be honest, they are not you. They don’t have your mind. They will probably have to hear it 7 times before they understand. Keep those emails sweet and simple. This way your time management is on point, and the other party is just getting what you need.