Running a Startup can put an incredible amount of work on your plate, and managing your time is ever more essential to enable you to cope with the demands.
If you're not managing your time well, there's no way you're going to reach your goals at work and the life outside of it.
Here are a few tips to help you manage your time.
- Have a routine:
Get it set and stick to it. Morning routines can help get you set for the day. Get up early and complete things like a morning workout, checking emails, and having a decent breakfast to set you up for the day.
- Make a To-Do list:
Make this part of your morning routine.
This can be a simple list that will enable you to work out your priorities and timings. It can help you put off the non-urgent tasks. Make it on your phone, so you can easily keep it with you.
- Do the most important things first:
Start on the urgent tasks first thing. We are at our most productive in the morning for several reasons. We're refreshed from a nights sleep, fuel reserves are up, and the daily disorder and chaos have yet to be thrown upon us.
More work is thrown on the pile as the day progresses and energy levels diminish, making us less enthusiastic at solving problems.
Do this daily. Not only is it good for the body by boosting energy and helping you sleep better, but this is also good for the mind. Whilst exercising, you get time to think, run over the 'to-do lists', maybe add to it and even solve problems.
Take time off from the network.
At the beginning of each week, set aside a certain amount of time to turn the WiFi off. It will give you time to reboot and think clearly without interruptions. Maybe meditate to relax.
- Take your lunch breaks:
Working through lunch breaks may be the norm, but it is highly recommended that you take at least 30 min off for a lunch break. It will help you be more effective in the afternoon.
- Don't multitask:
Doing too much at once can be bad for your mental health. Finish the job in hand and then move onto the next. Allocate a set time for the task at hand and devote all your resources to it.
- Be organised:
You don't have to be ultra-organised, start with filing paperwork and storing items in specific places so you will always know where to find them.
- Use Tools:
A simple calendar like Google Calendar can help manage time allocation for jobs. Social media posting can be managed with Hootsuite. Tools like this can save hours of work.
If funds allow, outsource all work that others could do from Cleaning to Accounting. This will enable you to use your precious time on tasks that only you can carry out.
There are many different time management techniques; these 10 above will help you streamline your work demands. Start working with these, and you may discover more yourself.