If you own a small business, you know what it is like to be swamped by work and overwhelmed by tasks. You may even wonder how you will ever accomplish everything you need to do. If this sounds like you, read on for three time-saving tricks.
You likely have so much on your plate at any given time that if you don’t stay organized, something is bound to slip. Purchase a planner (either in book form or as software), and make a commitment to filling it out and checking it throughout the day. List all your tasks for the day, week, month, etc., and carry over those you don’t finish to the next period. You should also record the dates and times of all your upcoming meetings and appointments. With everything in one place, you will find it much easier to keep track of your schedule and your to-do list, and this will save you time.
You can use your planner to set goals for yourself. Each morning, identify at least three goals that you would like to accomplish throughout the day. Be careful not to set too many goals for yourself (probably no more than five or six) so you don’t end up overwhelmed and discouraged. You can set weekly and monthly goals as well. These goals will help you work more smoothly and not waste time trying to figure out what to do next.
Many small business owners seem to think that they must do every business-related activity themselves, but this is simply not true. You can and should delegate tasks to your employees. Train them thoroughly. Make sure they know your expectations, and let them work. Alternately, you can automate some of your tasks by using tools like accounting software or a payroll management system.
You will always be busy as you run your small business, but these time-saving tricks may give you at least a little space to relax.