6 Time Management Tips for Business Owners

6 Time Management Tips for Business Owners

Time Management Tips 

How well you manage your time could shape the future of your business. As small business owners, we start out by doing everything ourselves. We get so busy with things like accounts and administration that we find there is no time left to build the business. There is no easy way to change this, other than you starting to use your time more effectively. Good work habits also support a healthy work-life balance. We all need to set aside time for our family, relaxing and creating precious memories.

Here are six tips to help you remove some of the chaos and find the time to focus on what is really important in your business.

Get organised

Being disorganised not only frustrates you but makes for a lot of time wasting when you can’t locate what you need easily.

Get rid of clutter in your office. Throw out anything you no longer need and organise the rest so that the things you do need are easy to find. Keep only current projects on your desk and avoid storing anything in piles.

Clarify and Set Priorities

A to-do list – which is crucial, is not enough. Use the list to establish the most important things you want to accomplish. Unless you’re clear about your priorities you can’t be sure that you’re using your time effectively.

If you are managing your time well, and focusing on what’s important, you will soon discover that you have fewer urgent things to attend to. And the urgent items that do come up will be easier to handle because you’ve got everything else covered.

Use A Single Calendar

Consolidate all of your commitments, both work and personal into one calendar or diary system. Quite often we over-commit at work because we forget about things we have agreed to do outside the office.

Do more Delegating

As a small business owner, we tend to initially do everything and the step to outsource tasks is difficult. Many people feel they can’t afford to outsource those areas of business they don’t like or don’t have the skills for when in actual fact, you find that you can’t afford “NOT” to outsource when working on your own – Time is Money!

Set against all of these perceived disadvantages is one overwhelming benefit – the more you delegate/outsource, the more time you have to grow your business – this is the ultimate achievement of implementing time management strategies.

Take a fresh look at your to-do list and make an honest assessment of what you realistically could hand over to someone else.

Batch Routine Activities

Understand this: Every time you answer an unexpected phone call, every time you open your email, every time someone drops by your office unannounced, you are letting other people set your priorities.

Is that how you want to run your business? Or even your life?

Instead, implement some time management techniques and batch all your related, routine tasks several times a day. Check your email three times a day – once in the morning after you have handled your top priorities for the day, once right after lunch and once about an hour before close of business. And shut it off in between.

Let your voicemail pick up phone calls during your most productive time of the day and return those calls during one of your “batch” times.

Learn to say “NO”

This is a hard skill to learn, but so important. Constantly over committing yourself can leave you feeling angry and resentful, create high levels of stress and even lead to burnout. Anticipate these kinds of requests and be ready with a polite but firm refusal.

If you need help with time management to prioritise where best to spend time in your business, or it is at the point where you need to outsource some of your workload – Your Business Helper is here to help get your business to the next level.

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Networking Tips for Christmas Functions

Networking Tips for Christmas Functions

Networking at Christmas Functions

Networking at Christmas Functions

10 Tips for Christmas Function Networking

Networking is at a peak in the festive season, as this brings with it a busy schedule of events for us to attend as we celebrate with our clients, colleagues, business partners, friends and family the close of yet another year. Whilst we should attend these business related events and allow ourselves to relax a little and enjoy the celebration as we wind down ready for the Christmas break, we should also not miss out on the opportunity to continue developing and maintaining our networks. These events offer a more relaxed environment where some of the best relationships can form if we really take the time to be interested in the shared conversations and LISTEN.

As we all know, there is a lot more to successful networking than just collecting business cards! Here are 10 networking tips to consider before your next Christmas function:

  1. Elevator speech – Describe yourself concisely and impressively and then ask what others are involved in – LISTENING is an important skill!
  2. Be different – Differentiate yourself and aim high. What do you offer that makes you different/better?
  3. Help others – Give without the intent to receive in return. This shows others your worth and expertise.
  4. Personal integrity – Integrity, trust and reputation are vital for networking.
  5. Relevant targeting – Seek out groups and contacts relevant to your aims and capabilities.
  6. Plans and aims – Plan your networking – and know what you want to achieve from each event.
  7. Follow up – Following up meetings and referrals makes things happen and always do what you say you will.
  8. Be positive – Be a positive influence on everyone and everything.
  9. Sustained focused effort – Be focused and keep your goals at the core of every event you attend so you make valuable connections,
  10. Life balance – Being balanced and grounded builds assurance which translates to all you have contact with.

If you keep these tips in mind and take the time to truly get to know and understand the people and businesses in your network – you will be surprised at the rewards this brings. If you need any business support over the festive season, Your Business Helper offer a range of services to help your business – see a list of our services here.

Enjoy the festive season and happy networking!

Julie Warner

Your Business Helper

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