As a small business owner, you probably feel as though there’s never enough time in the day to get everything done.
And regardless of what time of year it is for your business, busy or slow, I’m sure you could use (and would love) a few extra moments to yourself. Maybe you’d use that time to enjoy friends and family or maybe you would give an area of your business that you haven’t focused on in awhile some added attention.
However you’d spend it, you deserve it.
As a tribute to you and all the hard work and long hours you put into your business, we asked our Constant Contact Facebook fans what their best pieces of time management advice are. Here’s what they had to say.
Take a look at the top 10 time-saving tips:
Work from a list of less than 10 items daily.
Work in 30-minute blocks on one task at a time. Complete it, take a stretch break, and move on to the next most important agenda item.
Set reminders on your Google calendar that text you notifications about upcoming phone calls/meetings. It will keep you on task so you can get ready for what’s coming up.
Turn off email notifications and check them at specific times during the day ONLY.
Ask yourself: Is this the most important task right now?
Figure out what time of the day you are most productive and concentrate your complicated tasks there. Save the rest for monkey work.
Get enough downtime so that you are refreshed and focused.
Say no if your actions don’t benefit your goals.
Schedule your day with priorities in order!
If it costs less and saves time, outsource complicated work so you can concentrate on bigger tasks.
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Stay organized. This might seem like a “no brainer” but, staying organized can save you time. You’ll feel less scattered and overwhelmed if you keep your inventory, receipts, papers, and even your desk clean and orderly. When you do sit down to complete a project, you’ll find that your focus is laser-sharp and efficient.
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And there you have it! Time-saving tips straight from your colleagues in the field.
Whether you’re able to free up 5 or 45 minutes, start preparing your business now for success tomorrow. Being proactive and thinking ahead will help you reach your long-term goals.
What’s your top time-saving tip? Join the Facebook conversation and share your tips.