The life of an entrepreneur is made stressful by six million different things, but the most stressful of them all is suddenly realizing you need an extra 31 hours in a day just to keep on top of your to-do list.
Yup. That’s how it goes.
You have so many tasks, responsibilities and things you absolutely have to get done, but no time to do them, unless you work late again and put in more time over the weekend, which you’re happy to do because it’s your startup and you’re passionate about it.
But that’s not ideal. Entrepreneurs need to know when to stop and take weekends off; otherwise, the working days all merge into one and that’s not good for the brain or body. The solution is knowing how to manage your time better and that means addressing the ways in which you seem to be wasting a lot of time.
So, without further ado, here are the biggest time-wasters in an entrepreneur’s life:
Starting Your Day Off-The-Cuff
If you roll into work without a plan and just expect to roll with the punches, you’re not going to know what you need to accomplish that day. This kind of approach breeds chaos. It’s a much better idea to get to work, put your headphones on for fifteen minutes and make a list of your priorities, how you’ll complete them and when you’ll get stuck into them.
Getting Caught In The Nitty-Gritty
As an entrepreneur, you need to wear a lot of hats and be willing to get sucked into a lot of different jobs. The problem is all those jobs where you’re sort of winging it a bit tend to eat up so much time because, well, you don’t know what you’re doing.
It’s much better to step aside, let someone else do these things and you focus on the bits of your business that you know how to crush. Hire a managed IT services company to resolve your day-to-day tech issues and hire a creative copywriter to manage your blogs (which take way longer than expected). You’ll find you have hours more to do other things.
It’s also a good idea to step aside and take a few days off to gain clarity. Can’t manage a few days off? Take a break and go for a walk, but bring a notepad and pen. You’ll find that taking frequent breaks will help you focus on the bigger picture, making it less likely that you’ll focus on the nitty-gritty details and more likely that you’ll stay focused on the tasks that will help you grow.
Manage Your Emails Better
Communication is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to wasting time. We get caught up in discussing things instead of accomplishing them, especially when it comes to discussing things through the medium of email. It’s a far more sensible idea to open your email at the beginning of the day, look at it and then close it afterward so that you aren’t constantly being pulled away from your tasks every time that little new message notice pops up on your screen. Start scheduling in times where you check your emails.
Meetings Are A Nightmare
Okay, the word nightmare was strong because meetings are also super-helpful and mega-necessary when it comes to running a company successfully. That said, they are also infamous time-wasters. Sometimes they run over, sometimes you are dragged into them even though you don’t need to be and sometimes they are so poorly structured nothing gets achieved. Instead, figure out if just one person from your team can go and then report back, or send out a meeting agenda (with time-limits for each topic) and then stick to that. Much better.