With new projects and tasks piling up, it’s necessary to manage your time right in order to get things done on time. Sometimes we may be working constantly and not getting the results we want? The problem isn’t the amount of time you put into your work, it is how you organize and manage it.
As an entrepreneur, your time is valuable and you want to do the best you can. With simple time management techniques, you’ll be one step closer and by avoiding these time management mistakes, you’ll be even closer to achieving what you desire.
Acknowledging your time management issue
At some point, we all may have told ourselves that if only there was more time, the project would have finished, but that is not the case. We start stressing about time itself and actually distract ourselves from getting the work done.
The problem isn’t the amount of time you have or the distractions that get in the way, it’s how you manage your time and those distractions. So, instead of complaining and stressing out, start learning time management techniques and try to use them as often as you can.
Having no plans for the day
If you’re prepared for something, chances are you’ll have a higher score than if you weren’t. Planning takes time and if you plan your day on that day, not only are you wasting time, but you’re also creating confusion and frustration for yourself because you are rushing things.
It’s just like homework, you’d rather have it done the day before so that you don’t have to worry about it the next day.
Write your to-do list or plan the night before, that way you’ll have more time and focus. Prepare your clothing, meal, and briefcase the night before too, so that the next day you’re only focusing on the work at hand.
something urgent comes up or if something were to happen because you got it done first thing in the day.
Trying to do everything yourself
Every busy person is in need of assistance, and so are you. There are certain tasks that don’t require you to complete them. Often they are simple things like setting up a meeting or getting the signatures of volunteers.
You can hire a personal assistant to do them for you, not only will they take care of the little things, but they’ll also prepare your daily schedule for you. Simple errands shouldn’t be on your daily list when someone else can do it for you, you want to save your time for the more important things.
Not ready for an interruption
Even if you’ve planned everything out, have the meetings set, got the important things done, there is always the possibility of an interruption. In order to deal with the sudden event that disturbed your well-planned day, you need to be flexible and leave time for those events.
You don’t want to plan everything tightly or have no backup plans for important events. When something happens, you need to pull yourself together and think of a backup plan. You can either leave extra hours in case of an unexpected event or have backup plans for when they do.
Being in a bad environment and headspace
You can spend all day, non-stop, working on your tasks, but what happens near the end is that you lose focus and energy, leading to bad results.
Taking a break is key to a productive day. You need to recharge your batteries for the upcoming
tasks and clear your head of anxiety.
To get good energy for the rest of the tasks, you can take a walk around the room, take a short nap, clean your workspace, or even take a snack break.
The thing about time management is to find out what works for you. You can always look for templates or take advice from people, but you should always adjust that schedule to your own style so that you’re more comfortable with it.
Not prioritizing your tasks for the day
You can only get so much done in one day and you don’t want extra work for the next. While listing down your tasks, you should also arrange them in the right order; which one is the most important? Which one is the least and won’t hurt if you can’t get done on time?
The first thing you need to get done on that day, is the most important task, one that will have many side-effects if not completed and can affect all the other tasks. The rest will be less important than the first one. If you get that one done, you won’t have to worry about it if