Small Business Owners: Do You Make These Five Mistakes When You Plan Your Time?

Do You Make These Five Mistakes When You Plan Your Time

As a small or micro business owner you’ve got a lot to handle.

In addition to the “day job” you’ve got to market your business and find and keep customers. In fact, when it comes to work, you spin a lot of plates.

And whilst you love what you do, you often tell yourself life would be a lot easier if you had more time.

But unfortunately that’s not going to happen.

So what’s the alternative?

You need to boost your productivity so you can get more done in less time.

And you really can if you avoid these five dangerous work habits. Do you recognise any of them?

1. Trying to manage time:

Time management is a lie. You can’t manage time. You can only manage yourself.

No matter what you do, that clock will keep ticking. Whether it’s you or Richard Branson, you’ve both got the same number of minutes in your day to work with.

So instead of trying to manage time you’ve got to manage yourself.

Do that and suddenly everything changes.

2. Planning your day when you start work:

Your productivity will increase if you hit the ground running as soon as you sit at your desk.

And you can do that if you plan tomorrow before you finish today.

In fact this simple shift in your work pattern will transform what you’re able to get done.

Try it and see.

Don't start tomorrow until you have finished it today.

3. Failing to set deadlines:

To do lists are great, but if you want to earn more and work less, you need to be more structured.

Instead of simply listing tasks, allocate a start and finish time too.

In fact something like this:

  • 9-10am: Write draft of sales letter for my next campaign
  • 10-10:45: Check my CRM and follow up any outstanding enquiries and quotes
  • 10:45-11am: Coffee break
  • 11am-1pm: Visit new customer etc.

This approach requires a lot more discipline. But you’ll find you take your time more seriously and approach tasks with focus instead of allowing them to extend on endlessly.

4. Procrastinating the tricky jobs:

When working out your daily timetable, schedule your most challenging task first.

Get that “difficult” job done and dusted and then you can move on and forget about it.

If you don’t, that task will weigh on your mind, distract you and sap your energy.

It’s a productivity killer.

5. Allowing yourself to get distracted:

Do you find yourself starting your day along these lines?

“I’ll just make a cup of tea, read my Twitter timeline, post on Facebook, check my emails, make that phone call and then I’ll get going...”

The trouble with this approach is before you know it the morning has gone and you’re left with the same amount of work to complete but in a lot less time.

Distractions are your enemy.

They depress your productivity, eat up your time and prevent you focusing on the really important stuff.

So beware of your own distractions and figure out a way to overcome them.

It is possible to earn more and do less

In fact it’s my motto!

You just need to be aware of those bad habits and replace them with disciplines and behaviours that keep you focused and productive.

So what are you going to do?

Please tell me in the comments below.

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