As a small business owner, we know your time is precious. So let’s not waste any on introductions- here are 10 quick tips for you to manage your time more efficiently.  

1.)  Apply the 80/20 rule. The 80/20 rule suggests 20% of your activities will account for 80% of your results. Take some time to figure out where you are getting the greatest results for your business, and focus on that area. Hint: It’s probably not checking Facebook.

2.)  Turn off the distractions. Speaking of Facebook, there’s a good chance you are wasting more precious time on your personal social media, unimportant emails, and text messaging then you realize. Unless something is an absolutely emergency, it can wait. Schedule a few, 10 minute sessions a day to stay to touch with your friends and family, and then get back to it!

3.)  Create a daily plan. While it’s not feasible to plan out and accord for every minute of your work day, you should go into work with a general sense of what needs to be accomplished that day. Create 3 key work objectives for each day, prioritize by importance, and budget your time accordingly.

4.)  There’s an app for that. As a small business owner, you’re probably becoming a jack of all trades. However, we recommend you don’t necessarily work harder, but smarter. Here’s our top picks for 5 Game Changing Apps for Small Business Owners to help manage various aspects of your business. My personal favorite: Pomodoro Time.

5.)  Optimize your online calendar. Whether you use Outlook, Google, or another email system, you really should utilize the calendar functions. These calendars are a simple way to organize your meetings and appointments, and can send meeting reminders to your smartphone and tablets to make sure your prepped and ready to go!

6.)  Set deadlines. With so many tasks and projects on your plate, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Cut back on the stress by creating clear, reasonable deadlines for you and your staffs upcoming projects. Add them to your online calendar, and set up reminders to make sure you stay on track.

7.)  Know your limitations. You may be the best mechanic in all of Metro Detroit, but that doesn’t necessary mean you are a whiz at online marketing. No sweat, that’s what the professionals are for. Considering how influence and important your online presence Is, we recommend you outsource your website and online marketing strategy to a reputable company so you can spend your time focused on what you do best.

8.)  Limit meetings. While meetings are essential to any company’s success, far too often they turn into long, unproductive conversations. Have a clear agenda and time limit before going into any meeting, and make sure you stick to it.  

9.)  Don’t micro-manage. If your small business is successful enough to hire staff (congratulations!), don’t waste your time and energy micro-managing their projects. Once they are properly trained and you trust them, let them be free to execute the job you hired them to do. 

10.)  It’s all about balance. You started your business to pursue your own dream, so don’t forget to live it! Unless it’s an urgent emergency, remember to put your phone down at night and spend your off-time and weekends with your family and friends for a chance to recharge and refuel before the next work week.

Here at High Level Marketing, we love helping small business owners! If you’d like more help managing your small businesses success, book a call with us today!

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