7 Time Saving Strategies
October 17, 2013
No need to quote studies or research here – small business owners know how many hours they put in to their business.
With the business up and running there are a few helpful ways to relieve the pressure and take a well-deserved breather.
- Delegate. This is a challenge for many small business owners. It is imperative to relinquish some of your control and assign tasks to your trusted team members.
- Outsourcing can be a lifesaver for small business owners. Not sure you are ready to hire full time? Start by hiring freelance workers to complete small non-critical projects and tasks before taking someone on permanently.
- Plot out your phone calls. Phone calls can quickly become a vortex in which time gets lost. Jot down notes in outline form to keep calls on track and keep the conversational chitchat to a polite minimum. Also, return phone calls in order of priority instead of order in which they were received.
- Start the clock! No, really. Utilizing a timer on your Smartphone to keep tasks timely is a small-term time management skill that will help develop good (and fast) habits, as well as identify weaker areas in need of improvement.
- Streamline meetings by creating agendas ahead of time and include time allocations for each topic. Be specific when selecting who needs to attend each meeting to cut down on time spent debating. Stick to meetings in a conference room so that you are free to step out when you are finished.
- Schedule a daily ‘power hour’ where you do not take calls, respond to emails or meet with colleagues. Utilize this time to prioritize and get quality thinking time in, before distractions cause you to lose focus.
- Remember it is not only okay but also necessary to be able to say no. If you do not have a minute for somebody, schedule a meeting for later in the day when prioritized tasks have been completed.