One of the biggest challenges that business owners contend with has to do with time. There just isn’t enough time in the day. The question to ask yourself though, is what are you spending your time on?
- Audit your time for a week or two by writing down everything you do in 15 to 30 minute intervals. This exercise although it may seem tedious, builds awareness. Most people are surprised by what they discover, and see several opportunities to improve their efficiency.
- Identify the 6 to 10 main activities that form your role, and estimate how many hours you should invest on a weekly basis in each one of these areas. You can then re-balance those hours to the total amount of hours you plan to work in a given week.
- Take control of your time by creating a default schedule for your work week. It‘s called a default schedule because you will automatically default to those activities as planned each day. Emergencies or unplanned urgent and important activities will come up from time to time, but always default back to the activity category you had planned for.
- Become aware of your top 10 time wasters, your procrastination behaviour, and your most productive activities, as well as the things only you can do.
- Set some goals to delegate things that others can do, document how to do these activities, and train someone else to take over lower level activities wherever possible.
- Write down the most productive activities for the week and slot them into your default schedule.
- Write down the specific outcomes you commit to achieving tomorrow based on your default schedule.
- Monitor, make adjustments and re audit periodically for continuous improvement.