After careful consideration, we’ve come up with what we believe to be the top four ways that small business owners can save themselves time and lighten their workload.
Use these four super effective time-saving tips to work more efficiently and start feeling more focused and less frazzled.
Enlist the help of a PA
Sometimes accepting that you are taking on too much and could do with some help is the first step towards business growth. Figure out which tasks are eating up the most of your time, or an area where you could benefit from the help of a specialist and outsource the task to a virtual personal assistant.
Choose your software carefully
Software can help you to automate very repetitive and time-consuming tasks and can often also be conveniently integrated with other software or systems. Whether it’s your marketing, accounting, customer management or telephone software, ensure that you are choosing the solution most suited to your requirements and that you are using it to its full potential.
Plan, prepare and organise
Planning, preparation and organisation helps to map out what needs to be done and when and how you’re going to do it. Being organised can keep you focused, working efficiently, and on track to achieving your goals. If organisation isn’t your forte, enlist the help of a virtual PA to put processes in place, create effective spreadsheets and databases, or organise your existing systems.
Procrastinating and putting off tasks kills productivity. To make your workload more manageable and keep you feeling motivated and focused, try to break your to-do list down into manageable chunks, prioritising the most important jobs and restricting the number of times you check your emails to avoid distraction. If there’s a job on your list that you keep putting off, make that a priority, or as Brian Tracy (expert in time management and personal productivity) would say, “eat those frogs”!