Posted by: changholt | August 4, 2015

Effective time management

Keys to good time management since I travel a lot, and am involved a lot of outside activities–church, alumni association, teaching, and running HSI’s day-to-day operations. It’s tough sometimes to get “balance”. Therefore, time management is critical for success as a business owner and head of a family.

Some days I can’t believe how productive I can be, all other days I’m asked myself where all the time went.

Here are a few tips I’ve picked up over the years:

  • Take a few minutes to jot down the few key things you need to achieve today. (Nothing feels better than accomplishing a few goals).
  • Set a time limit. You’re more focused and less likely to get distracted if you don’t have an open-ended time slot in your day for a particular task.
  • Write everything down (software or scrap paper). You’ll save time and be less stressed if you’re not holding all those things you’re trying to remember in your head. Heck, I keep scrap paper next to my bed so I don’t have to worry about things that are “stressing me out”. I just write it down and look at it the next day.
  • Focus on important tasks. Don’t just focus on the urgent items. As Stephen Covey says, “do first things first”
  • Keep the end in mind (another Covey saying). Look at your longer-term goals. Ask yourself how what you’re doing each day fits in with your goals.
  • Relax. Doing so might seem counter-intuitive, but if you try to cram too much into your day you end up stressed out and exhausted. Have regular breaks and you’ll be more productive.
  • Delegation. Don’t hesitate to ask for help when you need it.
  • Balance! Try not to spend all your waking hours at work – make time for home, family, and friends, and make sure you leave time to eat properly and exercise regularly. This will help you enjoy your business.

Before you know it, the start, showing a lot of goals seem very far away.

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