One of the most important jobs of an entrepreneur - perhaps the most critical one - is to juggle a million different tasks at the same time. Those who win this one battle, win the war. And this calls for sharp time management skills. It's perhaps best, then, to treat time just as any other business resource, like, say, capital or manpower. And make the best possible use of it. Here are some tips -
1. Turn the auto pilot mode on
Habits structure your life and keep you running on auto-pilot, helping save time. So whether it is planning for next day's inventory, sending mailers to new customers or cleaning your warehouse, fit them into routine slots, and you're sorted for the day.
2. Make a bucket list of all that you want to do
Be it responding to a customer complaints, rescheduling your social post timings or negotiating AMC rates with your networking guy - visualize the day's goals well ahead and create a "To-Do" list - it won't let you take your eyes off the ball. However, while you are busy filing one task after another, remember what Malcolm Forbes said:
One worthwhile task carried to a successful conclusion is worth half-a-hundred half-finished tasks.
3. For high-priority stuff, book an appointment with yourself
You can't do everything on your list at once, so make sure you knock things off according to their order of importance. If there's something really important to be done, such as preparing that elevator pitch you have been delaying, block time on your calendar and get done with it.
4. Wake up (early) and smell the coffee
Waking up an hour earlier and getting a few chores out of the way can help you stay a step ahead the entire day. Stuff like planning your Facebook content and writing a blog post, are best done at this time, with a cuppa by your side. This is one tip that many successful Junglee sellers we spoke to swear by.
5. Every minute counts
"Disciplined use of the time everybody else wastes can give you an edge. The now rich and famous writer of legal thrillers, Scott Turow, wrote his first novel using only his morning commutes into New York City on the train... For most people, these minutes don't matter. But they can. So when you say to yourself it's only 10 minutes, you miss the entire point of time.- Dan Kennedy
6. Be flexible
It's okay to keep tweaking your routine every now and then. Thanks to new technologies and trends, things change fast online and it's only by trial and error that you'll figure out what works best for you.
7. Zzzzz... off
Sleep is, perhaps, that one thing that most entrepreneurs are deficient in. But trust us, nothing will work if your health breaks down. Make sure that you give yourself plenty of time to sleep- anything between 7 to 9 hours depending on your routine.
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