Time Management for Entrepreneurs | Joe Kelly OTC | Entrepreneurship
Starting your own business is a feat. To balance your business, spending time with family and friends, and some downtime, you need good time management skills .
Write it down
The first step to managing your time more effectively is keeping track of everything you have to do. One of the worst feelings is to work hard all day, only to realize that you forgot to send an important email or order essential supplies. Writing down your to-do list will also lay a foundation for the next time management skill.
Prioritizing your tasks can help you get everything done when you simply don’t have enough hours in the day. This can also help when you’re feeling sick and have less energy or when other things come up in your schedule that shorten your workdays, such as doctor’s appointments or ill kids. After you write down all of your tasks for the day, highlight the three most important tasks for the day, and work on those first.
Do the most challenging task first
After you’ve set your priorities, complete the most difficult tasks first. This will help you feel accomplished and give you more energy for the smaller or easier tasks later in the day. Maybe you hate writing, and you have to finish an extensive report — knock that out in the morning. Maybe you have to run the budget, but you hate working with numbers — take care of this before anything else. The rest of the day will feel like a breeze.
Follow the 2-minute rule
Many time-management experts recommend following the 2-minute rule. This rule states that you do it immediately if a task takes 2 minutes or less. Maybe you need to respond to that email you just read — under this rule, you would respond immediately rather than putting it off until later, provided that it’s a brief response. This keeps your to-do list shorter.
Some experts say that time management is really about energy management. That’s the idea behind completing complex tasks first and not putting off 2-minute tasks. Following these recommendations helps keep you motivated and keeps you from feeling in a slump.