Guest post by Rae Steinbach
Running a business is more than enough to keep anyone busy, especially if you’re running the company on your own. You simply don’t have the freedom (yet!) to delegate tasks to employees.
While working out of coworking spaces or your own home can help you have one less thing to worry about, there are still many other aspects of a business that need to be considered.
To succeed, you need to manage your time effectively. Here are some simple ways to become more effective with your time:
Tip #1: Don’t Try to Multitask
Researchers consistently state that multitasking effectively is all but impossible.
Although our digital tools may seem to help us focus on multiple priorities at once, our brains have not adapted to these changes.
We’re still far more productive if we work through one task at a time. While you may be tempted to multitask, that’s an impulse you shouldn’t give into.
Tip #2: Take Frequent Breaks
When you have a lot to get done, taking a break may seem like a waste of time. Half of all American employees already feel they can’t take lunch breaks. Business owners can feel that pressure to an even greater degree.
However, a study confirms that 90% of people who do take breaks are more productive as a result.
Don’t just schedule your breaks. Actually use that time to step away from work. In the long run, doing so will actually help you get more done.
Tip #3: Prioritize Your To-Do List
You’re more efficient as a solopreneur when you create to-do lists letting you know what you plan to accomplish each day and week.
That said, to take full advantage of your list, you need to prioritize the various tasks on it. Ranking them based on their value will help you focus on getting the most important tasks finished first.
Tip #4: Avoid Unwanted Conversations
As a business owner, you’re probably going to work with vendors and suppliers at some point. They know this. That’s why many will reach out to you via phone, email, or even LinkedIn to offer their services.
Cut these conversations off before they begin. You may need assistance from vendors, but you’re better off researching them on your own instead of indulging lengthy pitches for services that might not be valuable.
Tip #5: Work Out Consistently
It’s easy to neglect your health when you’re committed to growing a business. However, taking the time to look after yourself will actually help you grow your business more quickly.
Research confirms that exercising regularly helps to boost productivity. It can also keep stress at bay. That’s very important for a solopreneur.
As your business gets bigger, you may be able to hire employees to help you with various tasks. Right now, though, you’re on your own. These tips will ensure you know how to use your time as wisely as possible.
Rae Steinbach is a graduate of Tufts University with a combined International Relations and Chinese degree. After spending time living and working abroad in China, she returned to NYC to pursue her career and continue curating quality content. Rae is passionate about travel, food, and writing, of course. Fueled Collective