You’re a busy entrepreneur with a lot on your plate. Budgeting, marketing, sales, staffing–that’s only the tip of the iceberg! Here are 10 of our favourite tips to help you save time and streamline your work when running your business.
1) Audit your time.
Do you know where you’re spending your time? Conducting an audit allows you to see patterns of what’s eating up your time and if you’re spending your time where it’s most needed. The results may surprise you!
2) Schedule EVERYTHING.
One of the easiest ways to better manage your time? Schedule tasks into your calendar. A popular method is the Pomodoro Technique, which is a time management system that breaks your workday into 25-minute chunks separated by five-minute breaks.
3) Batch your tasks.
If you’re working on tasks aimlessly without a clear plan or purpose, you’re not accomplishing anything! Avoid busy work by batching your tasks to save time and boost productivity. For example, work on bookkeeping on Mondays, marketing activities on Tuesdays, etc.
4) Develop a solid routine.
Similar to developing a time management system that works for you, a solid routine is essential to ensure you don’t waste any time. Check out our recent blog post on creating a Sunday-night routine, which can help you prepare for the week ahead and start the week on an organized foot.
5) Automate your processes.
There are many tools available to automate nearly every area of your business. For example:
Scheduling tools can help keep your social media channels consistently active, whether you’re in the office or not.
Auto-replies on your emails and your social media accounts let customers know when to expect a response or point them in the direction of further information.
Calendar tools help you automate appointment scheduling.
Transcribing software like Otter.ai can help capture meeting notes.
6) Repurpose your marketing content.
If marketing isn’t your passion or area of expertise, it can be tough to carve out time for it. Luckily, there are ways to repurpose your content so you don’t have to start from scratch.
7) Hire a virtual assistant.
Don’t underestimate the time-saving power of delegation! If you don’t have employees or other supports in place, consider hiring a virtual assistant to take some tasks off your hands. They can perform any number of tasks, from customer service to helping with your bookkeeping.
8) Clean up your workspace.
Ever spend a good chunk of time looking for a pen or a particular file? It sounds simple, but having a workspace–both digital and physical– free of clutter can save you time! Create a filing system, keep your desktop clear and spend a few minutes each day tidying up.
9) Put away your social media.
We LOVE social media, but it can be a real time-suck. Setting your phone to ‘Do not disturb’ when you’re focusing prevents scrolling. Some social media apps even have timers so you can limit the amount of time you spend on them every day.
10) Take a break.
You’re not doing yourself any favours by burning the candle at both ends. You’ll be at your most productive when you’re well-rested both physically AND mentally, saving you time in the long run. So, go ahead and take that break–you deserve it!
With these tips, you can create efficiencies within your business that will save you time, and possibly even money, in the long run. We’d say that’s a win!
And speaking of wins, our next Hustlers Roundtable on Dec. 12 is all about celebrating your 2022 wins. Whether you just launched your business, completed a rebrand, hit your sales goals, secured a new office space, expanded your team or anything in between, we want to hear it!
This is your time to share all of your most memorable 2022 achievements with women who want nothing more than to congratulate you on your success, and wish you all the best in 2023. Space is limited so be sure to grab your ticket early!
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