Running a small business can be all-consuming. You alone are responsible for making sure that everything runs smoothly, to the delight of your customers. This can mean that you have to put in a lot of time at work. This obviously eats into your own personal time, potentially leaving you with not enough space to really relax and unwind, which can lead to health problems further down the line.
Have a read through our five time-saving tips to see if you can buy some precious time for yourself:
Running a small business is incredibly demanding and many small business owners find that they have a to-do list that is pages and pages long. It can be incredibly demoralising to go into work and look at that long list, which never seems to decrease. If you are in this situation, it's time to prioritise.
Re-do your list effectively and make sure only tasks that are urgent and important are on there. This way, you can give your full attention and focus to these tasks because you are not worrying about getting to the other items that are further down your list.
2. Limit your time on social media
This is a common problem in the modern world, especially for owners of small businesses. Since much of your marketing will be done on social media, it can be tempting to spend a lot of your time on there checking what customers are saying about your business. Of course, once you're on there, it is then easy to fall into the trap of checking out your personal pages. Before you know it you've wasted way too much time. Try and limit social media usage to 10-minute intervals throughout the day. Set yourself a timer if it helps.
Did you know that Amazon employs 27,500 people in the UK alone The key to their success is their people and the art of delegation. As the owner of a small business, it can be easy to feel like you are the only one who can do a task effectively. So long as you make sound choices when recruiting, however, the truth is that you will be much more effective if you learn to delegate. It certainly frees you up to concentrate on the more important tasks.
You can better manage your time if you stick to sorting out your emails in blocks. Turn off all of your notifications and allocate a specific time in the morning and the afternoon for replying to messages. There are also plenty of other tips that can be found online concerning how you manage your inbox to help you get replies out quicker.
5. Take breaks
When you are busy it can be tempting to work throughout the day, but this is rarely beneficial. Giving yourself a short break every couple of hours really helps to focus the mind and set you up for another couple of productive hours. If you work through, it is likely that you will lose focus as you make your way through tasks. Get out for a short walk or stop for a healthy snack. It really will pay dividends once you get back to the desk.
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