One of the biggest questions I get from small business owners or solopreneurs is how can they manage their time effectively? This seems to be a universal problem that all entrepreneurs face.
Planning your week, knowing what is on your task list that needs to be done, and assigning priorities to your tasks are all important steps good time management and, ultimately, increased productivity.
Without a set schedule or prioritized list of tasks, your day can easily be taken over before you realize what's happening. Setting time aside for your most important tasks along with focusing is key to having a super productive day.
Here are five steps to managing your time more effectively. Once implemented, these will help you become so much more effective with managing your workload and your workday.
Learning how to prioritize your tasks is key to having a productive day.
Being more productive plays a huge role in your success.
Higher productivity simply means optimizing your daily schedule. By staying organized and focused, you'll become more productive. However, finding the right things to focus on can be overwhelming when your task list is a big one.
As Steven Covey wrote in "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People", "The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities."
I am going to walk you through a couple of the more well-known and well-used methods. Whichever one seems to resonate best with you is how you can start assigning priority levels to your tasks.
What does it take to manage one’s time effectively? Let’s break this down into terms we can easily associate with.
From Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
Effective: Producing a result that is wanted
Time: The measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues
Management: The act or skill of controlling and making decisions about something
Therefore, it would make complete sense to say that Effective Time Management is to produce the result of measuring an action by using the skill of making a decision. Yet for so many this seems to remain a mystery or a goal that is regarded as hard to reach.
Why is it important for you to know what productivity type you are? You want to know what kind of task-driven person you are.
Maybe you are somebody that can’t stand to see unchecked boxes on your to-do list, or you are driven by deadlines and can’t seem to get started until the deadline is looming over your project.
Knowing your productivity type is going to really help you prioritize your work and ultimately help you accomplish much more throughout your day.
Alright, let’s go over the four different productivity types:
You might see yourself in one or more, but you will also find that you identify with only one of them on a much higher level.
If you struggle with managing your time or staying focused on the must-do tasks, Pamela is your business soulmate.