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Time Management Techniques for Entrepreneurs

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As a service provider or online business owner in the ethical and eco space, you likely have a lot on your plate. Just running a business is a lot, but then we add to the mix that we  are ensuring we are doing it in an a way that has as little negative impact on the planet and its people, takes it to a whole new level. Now don’t get me wrong, it certainly is worth fighting the good fight, but we need to make sure we are working in a sustainable way so we can continue our incredible work well into the future and we can do that by finding the right time management techniques for us.

To do this the number one skill you need to have is being able to make the most of your time and boost your efficiency, by adopting time management techniques that help you stay focused, organized, and energized.

In this blog post, I will share some of the most effective time management hacks for entrepreneurs. These hacks will not only help you get more done in less time but also improve your overall well-being and impact on the planet.

Increased efficiency is one of the many perks of being on top of your time management. Imagine being able to accomplish more in less time, allowing you to take on more projects, clients, or initiatives. Being productive requires focus and prioritization, which helps you avoid distractions and stay on track towards achieving your goals.

But productivity isn’t just about getting things done quickly. It’s also about reducing stress and achieving a better work-life balance. When you’re productive, you’re able to meet your deadlines and achieve your goals without feeling overwhelmed or burned out. This leaves you with more time to pursue your hobbies, spend time with loved ones, or simply relax and unwind.

 

Now that we’ve established the benefits of time management let’s move on to the tips and tricks

1. (Eat the Frog) 

The idea of eating the frog means to tackle the task the most important, or least enjoyed task of the day first.  Before you lose your motivation, before overwhelm piles up and cock blocks us into procrastinating more. This will free up space in our mind and to do list to help the rest of the day free easier.

 

2. Use Time-Blocking

Another great productivity hack is to use time-blocking. This means setting aside specific blocks of time for different tasks, such as checking emails, working on a project, or taking a break. By breaking your day into chunks, you can stay focused and avoid multitasking, which can reduce your productivity.

 

 

3.Take Breaks

May seem counterintuitive but taking regular breaks is essential for maintaining your energy and focus. Research has shown that taking short breaks can actually improve your productivity by allowing your brain to rest and recharge. So, schedule those breaks in, even if its just 5 minutes to go for a walk outside to reset.

 

 

4. Use The Pomodoro Method

The Pomodoro technique is a time management method where you break your workday into 25-minute work sessions aka a Pomodoro followed by short breaks. After four Pomodoros, take a longer break. The technique aims to boost productivity by breaking work into manageable chunks, reducing distractions, and preventing burnout. By setting short-term goals and breaks, you can increase your motivation, reduce procrastination, and improve your work-life balance. 

 

 

5. Eisenhower Matrix

This technique was created by Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the US. The technique aims to help you prioritize tasks into one of 4 boxes. They are sorted by importance and urgency. Draw a square, and then draw a line down the middle going top to bottom and one from left to right. At the bottom of the bottom left square write urgent, in the right side square write non urgent. Now on the side of the bottom left square write important and on the side of the top left square write not important.  Place each task into a box that will fall into one of the below categories

 

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5. Delegate Tasks

Finally, delegating tasks is an essential productivity hack for service providers and business owners. By delegating tasks to your team or outsourcing to a virtual assistant, you can free up your time and focus on the tasks that require your expertise. This can also help you avoid burnout and ensure that you are making the most of your talents and resources.

 

 

Other Tips:

Plan your day in advance
Limit the time you spend checking emails,
If you begin to feel flustered, go for a walk,
Turn off your phone notifications, or better yet install a blocking app that limits your daily time spent on apps.
Use a to-do list or task management tool to get your tasks out of your mind so you can focus more

 

Final Thoughts

Now its down to you to figure out which time management techniques will work best for you and your brain. Mastering your time will help set you up for success, reduce stress and help you achieve those goals faster.

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