life_hacks_tips_for_better_time_managementIf you’re like most business owners, there just aren't enough hours in the day. There are too many demands for your time and attention and only one of you. It seems like everyone is always in the market for new and better ways to manage their time, and if that describes you, then you’ll love the tips and tricks that follow. Use them to make every hour of every day more productive.

Delegate

If there’s one single skill that all aspiring entrepreneurs, business owners and managers need to master, it is the art of delegation. Focus on the things that matter most and delegate the rest. This runs against the natural tendency most entrepreneurs have to micromanage every aspect of their businesses, but once you learn to master this your life gets a whole lot easier.

Don’t Be a Perfectionist

The reality is that nothing in life is perfect. Trying to be perfect in an imperfect world is a recipe for insanity. Always remember that you can make iterative, incremental improvements. Start by sketching your task out in broad strokes, filling in the finer details (or delegating those parts) as you’re able. That’s the surest, fastest way to get the results you want.

Learn To Say “No”

If delegation is the single most important skill you can develop as an entrepreneur, then learning the art of “no” is a close second. Don’t over-extend yourself by taking on too much. When your plate starts to get full, recognize that and start saying no, until you can get done what needs to get done, then look to the horizon to see what’s next.

Live By the List

Your daily plan doesn’t have to be elaborate. It can be as simple as a “hot list” of things you absolutely have to attend to that day. Organize it and drive through it relentlessly till you’re done, then make a new list. Do that every day, consistently, and you’ll be amazed at how much you can get accomplished.

Know Your Deadlines

Part of making a daily action list is knowing the intimate details of what’s due by when. Once you’ve got a firm handle on that, prioritization becomes an easy matter. You’ll find yourself consistently doing the most important, most critical things first, then moving on to those items that are of lesser importance throughout the day.

Time Limits

Don’t allow yourself to get too bogged down in the details. Assign a fairly aggressive time limit to each task before you and stick as close to that time limit as you’re able. The last thing you want to do is spend all day in the weeds on something you thought was only going to take an hour or so.

Be Early, Everywhere

Start to live by the mantra, “if you’re not early, you’re late,” and hold yourself to that. Arriving even a few minutes early to wherever you have to be can give you precious time to prepare for what comes next. Use it.

If you adopt the tips above and make them a part of your daily routine, you’ll be more efficient and more effective throughout the work day.