As a small business owner are you having time wasted during your day?
Do you ever get to the end of your day and feel that you haven’t achieved all that you wanted to get done?
Here are three things you can do about it…
1) Identify your time thieves
The first thing you need to do is to identify what your times thieves are.
Who or what is stealing your time?
- Do people call you call the time?
- Are people dropping in?
- Is it that your team members are asking you questions?
- Do you get lost in social media?
- Are you ever distracted by emails?
By identifying and naming them you are now in a position to do something about them.
2) Focus on what you can control
Next look at what you have control over and what don’t you have control over. Focus on the things you can control. For example, you have a control over whether you answer your phone or not.
A simple and effective time management strategy for small business owners is to turn your phone off or divert it to voicemail or someone else when you are working on something important such as doing quotes. That way you are not interrupted while you’re getting the quotes done and you can turn it back on afterwards.
Another example is to start setting boundaries around when you have time on social media and when you don’t. You can also control things like switching email reminders off so you do not get a notification when a new email arrives … which could rob you of some time.
By focusing on what you can control you’ll start to eliminate what is wasting your time.
3) Get to the root cause
The final thing is always get to the root cause. Identify the root cause of your time thief.
Like one of our electrician customers, whose biggest time thief was his employees asking questions about the jobs they were on. They would be ringing his phone regularly and it was stopping him from working on his quotes. He identified that the root cause was that the job briefs were not clear so he put a checklist in place to make sure everything that was needed for the job was clear and available on site. That way he started to eliminate the calls coming through.
By getting to the root cause as to why your time is being wasted, you’ll be able to eliminate if from ever happening again.
So, just to recap. To stop your time from being wasted:
- Work out what your top time thieves are
- Look at what you can and can’t control and focus on the things you can control; and
- Always get to the root cause so you can eliminate it at its source and stop it form reoccurring
By doing this you’ll get more time back, you’ll be more productive and get more done each day.
P.S. Whenever you are ready here are 4 ways we can help you build and grow your business:
1) Download your copy of 3 Proven Tactics That Give You 5 Hours Back in Your Week
This totally free guide includes tips, time-savers, and expert advice on how to immediately claim back 5 hours of your time each week. Inside you’ll discover 3 proven tactics to stop time being wasted in your day so you get more done each week. To access the guide click here
2) Watch the Business Freedom Formula Video
In the video you’ll to discover the step by step blueprint we use to help small businesses create their version of business freedom. This could be simply streamlining your business so it runs more efficiently, increasing your profits so you have more choices or setting your business up so you can have time off without worrying that it is all going to fall apart. Click here now to watch
3) Book a 10 Minute Exploration Call
If you would like to explore how Biznostics can help you run and build your business, then book your 10 minute exploration call. On the call we’ll find out a little bit about your business and work out if and how we can help you. Book your call here
4) Join our Business Freedom Program
The Business Freedom Program is designed for business owners who feel stuck in the day to day running of their business and their business is not running as efficiently as they like. It helps you make your business much more profitable, much more efficient and much more enjoyable to work at. We are putting a new group together next month so if you would like to build a strong and successful business email us here with ‘Business Freedom’ in the subject line.