We’ve all heard someone say this a million times: “There just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done!” We’ve probably all said this ourselves at some point. The more you have to do, the less time there seems to be to do it, and that’s especially true when it comes to doing business. Before you know it, the day has gotten away from you and there are still things left to do on your list.
It’s a frustrating problem but there are solutions! With a little organization and time planning, you can control your schedule and accomplish everything you set out to do!
OWN YOUR SCHEDULE
We all have our dreams. Whether it’s early retirement, putting your kids through college, buying that dream car… The key is to use those dreams to motivate your professional life. Get pictures of the people, places, or things that define your dreams and display them everywhere you can so you can – quite literally – keep your eyes on the prize.
Set Personal Goals
Any great leader will tell you they would have never accomplished what they have without continued dedication to their cause and a steadfast plan to completing their goals. Set your goals and detail the steps you need to take to achieve them.
Make a To-Do List
Keep track of your progress and growth to ensure you are staying consistent. This will help you monitor how close you are to achieving your goals.
Commit to Your Schedule
Being your own boss has its perks. You make your own decisions and set your own schedule. However, ultimate success requires a consistent commitment to the schedule.
TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR TIME
Figure out what is most essential to your business at this point and time and what can wait until tomorrow. Although every part is important, prioritizing your schedule is crucial to managing your time effectively.
Avoid Excessive Multitasking
Focusing on too many things at once will decrease your productivity on each individual task. Although you feel as if you are getting multiple things accomplished, you are not giving the much needed attention each task deserves. Make it a point to focus on singular revenue-producing activities like contacting new prospects and following up with them.
Don’t Over Commit
Too many projects on your to-do list can overwhelm you. Don’t bury yourself in a pile of busy work. Manage your tasks efficiently through list making, keeping an updated calendar and staying on top of deadlines. You’ll find this to be a simple way to stay on top of your work load.
It’s a simple list, really, but even these easy steps can help you set realistic goals and focus on your results!
If not, you will find an excuse.”