If you ask any home business owner what they would use more of, and you’ll probably get the same answer.
The truth is, we are always going to have things to do, deadlines to meet, and take responsibility for our actions.
But if you learn how to handle your time, you can work with the time you have instead of against it.
Here are 12 tips to help you manage your time:
1. Establish Your Daily Work Schedule
It’s common for clients to call or e-mail you after hours, but it is up to you to decide whether or not you’re available after hours.
Make sure you are respectfully addressing your work schedule limits to your clients upfront, so everyone is clear on the boundaries.
2. Stop Constant Checking on Your E-Mail
Constantly checking your email is wasting your time. Set up a certain time to check on your e-mail so you can take control of your schedule and aren’t being reactive when new messages appear.
3. Learn When to Say No
It’s okay to turn down invitations, cancel plans, or disconnect from the outside world every now and them.
Say no is a skill that will benefit you throughout life, so allow yourself to politely start bowing out of unnecessary commitments right now.
4. Set Daily Goals
Even the most thoughtfully construct to-do list will be useless if it’s too ambitious.
Make your daily goals small enough that you can actually get them done. Remember that you can always do more if you have more time.
5. Stop Multitasking
People work best when they give focused attention to the task at hand.
So aim to work on only one project at a time and give yourself permission to forget about other priorities until you are done.
6. Listen Up!
Active listening consists of being present and engaged when communicating with another person. Be sure to turn off that pesky inner monologue and focus when it is another person to talk.
7. Don’t Be a Sheep
Stop follow the herd and innovate in the name of productivity. If you can envision a way to work smarter and better, you may just create new best practices in your home office that will save time and increase quality.
8. Step Away From the Internet
An innocent little break often turns into an hour (or more) of wasted time that you can’t get back – especially when you should be working or headed to bed.
Shut off access to the Internet at a certain time each day so you can concentrate on your work.
9. Relax and Have Some Fun
Relax and schedule “recharge time” into your life to avoid burnout.
Be sure to build in time for fun on the weekends and on some evenings but try to make work fun, too.
10. Practice Breathing and Mindfulness
Imagine how productive you would be if you could focus, calm all anxious thoughts, and truly be present.
You can find out by practicing mindfulness. Methods include tai chi, meditating, yoga, or simple breathing exercises. Find one that resonates for you and practices it daily.
11. Stop Owing Other People’s Stuff
How often do you hear yourself saying, “never mind, I’ll do it myself?”
Hold others accountable for their responsibilities. this includes your children, your spouse, and your colleagues.
12. Learn How to Delegate
Learn how to know when to let someone else handle a task. It can be hard to relinquish control, but it is also necessary to delegate to your employees.
Remember that delegating is not admitting you can’t handle your responsibilities – not at all. Rather, it’s about maximizing the potential of your entire business.
You can either let your priorities and obligations run your life, or you can take charge of your times and let them work for you to achieve your goals in a timely manner.
While you won’t ever succeed long-term by racing the clock, you can drop your bad habits, improve ineffective practices, and kick stress to the curb so that your whole life improves.