“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”
– Michael Altshuler
As an entrepreneur, you will have to find ways to improve your time management techniques so that you work more effectively. Over a period of time you will have to sharpen your skills at work and develop ways to cope with interruptions and changing business environments. Let’s face it, 16 waking hours in a day are simply not enough to keep up with commitments of business, family and social life.
Having said that, there are a few simple time management techniques that can help you achieve your targets with time to spare, thus enabling you to do more in a day.
Identify your goals: A business without clearly defined goals is a bit like a headless chicken! While setting targets, make sure they are specific, achievable and realistic. GoalPro 6.0 is a software-based goal-setting system available on This will help you define your goals as well as manage time.
Plan well: Use some present time to plan for the future. As the boss, you need to provide a clear direction to your business’ growth over the next few years. You also need to keep time aside to attend to inevitable emergencies, and accommodate commitments other than work. Remember, if you fail to plan, then plan to fail!
You may say that all this talk of the future sounds great, when you’re barely managing from day to day. Well, there are answers to that problem too. For one, offers free tips and newsletters on time management techniques. And those of you with absolutely no time to visit websites may simply read on.
Build a planner: A well written timetable or a “To Do List” is the first thing you will need in the morning before you plunge into work. This will help you stay focused on the jobs that need immediate attention. If you find that your planner lists far too many tasks to be done in a day, separate the most important jobs from the ones that can wait. Tasks which have deadlines should be first on your priority list. Look at to learn how to prepare activity logs, to-do lists etc and to understand how to organize better.
Avoid procrastination: Do not put things off till they can be avoided no longer. One way to beat procrastination is to work on those tiresome tasks one step at a time, say for only a few minutes each day rather than hours at one go. This way, you are getting through your work without the monotony hitting alarming levels.
Nothing is perfect: Remember that it is more important to do a job to the best of your abilities, rather than spend time trying to reach perfection. The time you free up this way can be used to accomplish other important tasks.
Have Fun: Make your life happier and healthier. It is important that you take time away from work just to have some fun. All work and no play will definitely make you a dull boss and take the joy out of working. Taking time out to have fun will also relieve you from the many stresses that life has to offer.
Many more time management techniques are featured in “Time Management for Unmanageable People”