Time management can sometimes be the last thing on an entrepreneur’s mind. It can also take up so much space in our minds that it actually starts consuming our time and leaves us unproductive and therefore unsuccessful.
I’d love to share with you some tips that have helped me be more productive with my business as an entrepreneur!
When I first heard this, I thought that it was crazy! How much work could I possibly get done in just an hour and half? I started this at the beginning of this month and it has doubled my accomplishments.
What happens is your mind goes through a cycle throughout the day. That cycle keeps going and going. There’s the power up cycles and the calming down cycles. The best way to do it is to figure out which moments of the day you are most inspired to get things done and plan your 90 minute intervals with those.
Even if there is only 5-10 minutes between those 90 minute intervals, you need to take a break after 90 minutes. It is within those 90 minutes that your mind is working and at right about 90 minutes is when your brain begins to fry.
Plus, if you know that you only have 90 minutes, then it will light a fire under your butt to get stuff done. I have gotten so much more done through this method!
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When you have a load of things to do, it’s just so hard to think of what to do first. There’s always room for setting your priorities, no matter your situation.
First, you need to make a list of everything you need to do for the day. Then you need to sort each item into four different categories:
Urgent and Important
Not Urgent but Important
Urgent but Not Important
Neither Urgent nor Important
After you’ve done that, you do them accordingly and it will help you become more productive instead of doing so much and getting nowhere.
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I have trouble with this one. I’m the type that if I don’t know how to do something or I don’t have time to do something, I learn how to do it and MAKE time to do it. I love helping people and I love to make other people happy. I can’t stand to disappoint people. So when someone asks me to do something for them, I can’t help but want to do it.This can get me in trouble. It can overwhelm me and sometimes get in the way of getting anything done. I want to be productive, yet I take on so many different things that it gets hard for me to do it all.So I’m learning that saying that I’m not able to do something at the moment for someone is okay. It’s all right to say no. In fact, it’s proven that if you’re upfront and honest with someone about not being able to do something for them at the moment, you can reach out to them later on when you do have the time to help out and they will more than likely work with you. Even if it is for something other than what they were contacting you about before.
It’s all about HOW you do it. Be polite, kind, and open. You can’t say no and expect them to be completely happy about it. The best way to do it is saying, “Hey, I have a full load right now. I’m not able to help out right at this moment, but I more than likely will be able to (enter later date here).” That way, that gives them hope that you’ll help and it won’t make them think that you’ve abandoned them or are too busy for them.
Remember, you’re going to have distractions and interruptions! Especially if you work from home with young children or pets! So be sure to remain flexible with your time and don’t get so frustrated when it doesn’t go the way you want it to at first. This is a trial and error process! So be sure to try and when or if it fails, try something different!
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