By Brianna Dick
As a small business owner, time is both your most valuable asset and your scarcest resource. Juggling numerous responsibilities, from client management to business development, can leave you feeling stretched thin. However, with the right strategies, you can reclaim control of your time and boost overall efficiency. Here are some practical tips to help you make the most of every minute:
1. Prioritize Your Tasks:
Begin each day by identifying your top priorities. Focus on high-impact tasks that directly contribute to your business goals. Tools like the Eisenhower Matrix can help you categorize tasks based on urgency and importance, guiding you to tackle critical activities first.
Here is a visual representation of where to start ---->
2. Embrace Time Blocking:
Allocate specific blocks of time to different types of work. This prevents multitasking, reduces distractions, and ensures dedicated focus on one task at a time. Whether it's responding to emails, working with clients, or strategic planning, having designated time slots enhances productivity.
Pro Tip: Some people find it easier to map out hours they are aren't avaible to work versus when they are. Test this out on your calendar and see what makes you feel less stressed.
3. Leverage Technology Wisely:
TEMPLATES TEMPLATES AUTOMATE AND TEMPLATES! If you are sending the same email again and again, you're not only wasting time, you're wasting money! It's time to get out of the stone age and set up business templates. Explore productivity tools and apps designed for small businesses. Project management platforms, communication tools, and automation software can streamline workflows. You can find more about how to leverage your time more in my program, "How to Start and Grow a Business on a budget"
Using your website host to keep templates (Wix and Sqaurespace)
Create a boiler plate language word or google doc that you can just copy and paste into your emails
Google forms or website forms for contracts, collecting client data etc