As a business owner it may seem that your work is never complete. You wake up running to catch up and go to sleep feeling like you are behind. And during the day, everything seems never ending. So how can you get your work day organized and work smarter not harder? Simple … plan. As a business owner you should never go through a day without being properly prepared. Here are some tips for effectively planning your work day.
Create a list of sorts to organize your thoughts. Some people prefer checklists, while others like to do lists to make it through their work day. Regardless of the list you choose to get through your day you need to create on. You can use the traditional notebook method so you can write down what steps you took or what follow-up you need to do or you can do it all from your smartphone. The goal of a list is to get things accomplished and track your progress.
Manage your time. One of the things many business owners fail to do effectively is manage their time. They may spend hours on social media sites updating profiles or just wasting time all together. Not saying being on social media sites is a waste of time but it should be limited and managed. You must realize that as a business owner your time is valuable and spending hours on things that do not significantly impact the growth of your business could eventually detrimental.
Delegate if you can. Yes you have to wear multiple hats as a business owner but do you have to do everything yourself? No, you can delegate. There are resources available for business owners including volunteers, interns and part-timers who are looking to either gain experience or earn some extra cash. If you work on a contract basis, then set a smaller contract pay scale or hourly wage for the extra help you need. Don’t be greedy and try to keep all of the money yourself that you are pulled in a million ways. Also try errand services such as Dallas based Gifted Errand Runners a company that specializes in taking care of the small needs of business professionals.
Make necessary calls and return necessary emails promptly. Follow-up is the name of the game for many businesses, especially if you are a service business. Unfortunately, business owners fail to respond to emails and phones calls because their day is compacted with tasks or things that are not necessary to growing their business. With that set a time out of your day to make phone calls and return emails. Hopefully you are making phone calls and not subjecting your email to SPAM.
Get rid of the unnecessary clutter and mundane routines. Fitness is great, but if you are not a personal trainer then you don’t need to schedule your work out sessions during your work day unless you have downtime. Catching up with your friends is awesome but unless you are a life coach or counselor, catching up should only be done after hours. If you have an office and there are unopened packages, then open those packages and shred documents you don’t need.
If you don’t take your business serious, then neither will anyone else. You can’t expect to grow a successful business living and working in chaos. Get organized and prioritize your day. Here is a scripture to remember to get to the business of running a business – Proverbs 10:4-5 “A slack hand causes poverty, but a hand of the diligent makes rich. He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.”