When you decide to work for yourself, one thing you will notice is how little spare time you end up having. That’s because your days (and evenings) get taken up with all kinds of business-related activities. And the time that you do have spare you would rather spend with your family and friends.
Are you finding yourself getting ‘snowed under’ with the items on your to-do list? Perhaps you are feeling anxious about completing them on time? After all; the last thing you want to do is upset your clients by missing deadlines or providing low-quality results. Don’t worry because help is at hand! Here is how you can be savvier with your time with these six amazing hacks:
1. Stop doing everything
Are you afraid to let other people handle certain areas of your business? If so, you might find that such an attitude will hold back your business growth. There is nothing wrong with delegating tasks; it’s something all successful business leaders do each day!
For instance, rather than trying to diagnose PC problems, hire a small business IT support company to help you out. And if online marketing is consuming your time, pay an agency to manage your campaigns. Remember – work smarter, not harder!
2. Filter your emails
One of the things that take up a lot of our time is having to read and respond to email messages. Today’s mail clients can help you filter new messages by sender so that you can respond to them when it’s convenient to do so.
You can even set up filtering on your mail server if you use multiple devices like smartphones and tablets to read your emails.
3. Make use of your voicemail facility
There will be times where you need 100% concentration on a particular task. For such occasions, it makes sense to disconnect yourself from the outside world! If you get a lot of calls each day, activate the voicemail facility on your phone. You won’t get disturbed by callers, and people can leave you messages if they need you to respond urgently.
4. Work from home
Are you based out of an office? If so, consider working from home at least one day per week. You will be more productive as you won’t have as many disturbances as you do from people in your office. Plus, remote working is quite simple to do thanks to advances in telephone and IT technology.
For example, you can connect to your office computer via remote desktop software. Doing so means you don’t need to carry files with you on USB sticks or store them in the cloud.
5. Don’t forget to exercise each day
Even just taking your dog for a walk before you start work will give you some exercise. But, what has that got to do with time-saving ideas, I hear you ask? Well, it’s a well-known fact that exercise helps to keep your mind sharp and focused. As an entrepreneur, that is quite important for you in your daily working life.
If you lose focus, things will take longer to complete. And that means you could miss deadlines and have a growing to-do list!
6. Set realistic targets in your daily schedules
Last, but not least, you should ensure you devote enough time to complete each task or meeting in your day. Don’t try to cram in too many appointments or things you need to do.