Time Management Tips to Help You Get Sh*!t Accomplished
As an entrepreneur, learning to think, act, and plan independently without a boss or team to lean on can be intimidating at first.
One of the most critical skills to master as an entrepreneur is time management. Often people state “I don’t have enough time,” “I am too busy,” or “my schedule changes all the time,” when it comes to getting shit accomplished. But these are all excuses or limiting beliefs that are holding them back from achieving success.
Here are some methods and tools you can use to improve your time management skill so you can get more shit accomplished:
Have the right tools like Google Calendar or Productivity Planners like The Passion Planner or the EVO (Evolution) Planner make it easier.
- Google Calendar is easy to navigate because the layout is extremely straightforward and the display can be customized to your individual liking. There is one primary calendar, but for organizational purposes, individual calendars can be created for personal, business, or vacation use. Calendars can be shared by simply inviting others through email. It’s easily accessed via computer or a smartphone.
- When you take the time to write things down, it helps you remember it. Just the act of writing it down embeds it into your memory. You may find that you don’t check your planner for certain things because you remember them. Also, when you have a physical planner, it’s easier to remember to look at it. There’s a good chance that you might have the best intentions when using an app, but then never check it.
Breaking down tasks from the most important to the least important towards your own personal and professional goals helps visualize how much you need to do and which is most important at a glance. Brian Tracy calls this method “eating your frog.” When you do your most important task first thing in the morning, the rest of the day is going to be easy in comparison.
Chunking is another popular technique used for time management. Chunking means creating specific allotments to do one particular project. Like between 10 AM and 1030 I will only check my email. Between 11 and 12 I will only cold call.
- Chunking is the concept of breaking up your day into larger chunks instead of reacting to constant interruptions. The more chunks of time you can devote to specific tasks, the fewer start-up moments you will have, and your efficiency will improve immensely. Since you won't be spending as much time in start-up moments, you will have more time and will get more done. As a bonus, since you will be able to focus on the single task at hand, you will do it better.
Get started using these tips and tools right away and you’ll see a drastic improvement in your success.
Yoichi Kato is an author, speaker, serial entrepreneur, and a Navy veteran. He is a master business networker & connector who is always connecting people. He is also an amazing Chef who provides private chef services all over San Diego. Yoichi loves to help others and see them thrive.