If you’re an entrepreneur, one of the most valuable things you’ll figure out is how to maximize your time so you can get as much done as possible. It isn’t about how hard you work most of the time, it’s about how smart you work.
Below, you’ll find some advice for entrepreneurs that will enable you to maximize the time you have almost instantaneously:
1. Come Up With a Schedule
Start by coming up with a schedule that you are confident you will be able to stick to. One of the biggest benefits of being an entrepreneur is the fact that you can be more flexible and arrange your time in a way that suits you.
However, that doesn’t mean that you should take each day as it comes and do things as you feel like it. This technique will likely mean that you end up getting the bare minimum done.
Come up with blocks of time where you work, blocks where you complete errands, and blocks that allow you to focus on yourself – such as making meals, going to the gym, etc. Include everything in your schedule so that you don’t have any room to procrastinate. And don’t forget to leave yourself some free time to read, research, write, or even watch a little TV.
2. Know How To Delegate and Outsource Effectively
Delegating tasks to people who are more suited to them, such as a virtual assistant, will help you to get so much more done. Outsourcing will also help you to save time. These things may cost you more initially as you need to hire someone, but they will make your business efforts far more productive and therefore profitable.
3. Figure Out When You’re At Your Most Productive
Knowing when you’re at your most productive is key. You’re unique, and that means you may not be as productive when everybody else seems to be.
For example, most people find that they get more done when they get up before the rest of the world in the morning. However, others find that they are more night owls. Know when it’s most likely you will be at your best and aim to complete important work at this time.
4. Find Things That Help You to Stay Focused
There are a number of techniques that could help you to stay focused. For example, the pomodoro technique is a brilliant one and all you need is a timer.
You may also find that exercising in the morning helps you to stay more focused. Find the things that help you to get into that flow state.
5. Use the 2 Minute Rule
If something is going to take you less than 2 minutes to complete, get it done. Don’t procrastinate.
6. Find Ways to Automate
There are all kinds of ways you can automate – for example, you could make document creation even quicker. If you do something every day, there’s a good chance that a machine or piece of software can do it faster for you.
7. Be Sure to Take Breaks
Breaks don’t mean you’re not working as hard. They can help you to stay focused providing you utilize them correctly. For example, working for 30 minutes straight then taking a 10-minute break and repeating.
By implementing these techniques, you can become more efficient, productive, and profitable in your business. Remember, time is a valuable resource, so make the most out of it to achieve your entrepreneurial goals.
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This article originally appeared on Life on a Discount and has been syndicated by My Life, I Guess with permission.
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Amanda Kay, an Employment Specialist and founder of My Life, I Guess, strives to keep the "person" in personal finance by writing about money, mistakes, and making a living. She focuses on what it’s like being in debt, living paycheck to paycheck, and surviving unemployment while also offering advice and support for others in similar situations - including a FREE library of career & job search resources.