Managing your time
Managing your time by the Federation of Small Businesses
A common complaint among small business owners is ‘not having enough hours in the day’. There are so many tasks and demands, it can be hard to complete everything fully.
Look at what you need to do and why, and if you can, work with partners who might be able to help you if some areas of work fall outside of your expertise.
Be realistic about your strengths and capabilities, set realistic deadlines and build in some slack into your schedule to give you the best chance of meeting your deadlines.
Ironically, technology such as smartphones promise to increase productivity and accessibility, but can make life more complicated and do put you on call 24/7. Make a pact with yourself not to overuse it.
Make sure you stand back and look at the bigger picture on a regular basis. It is easy to get bogged down in the here and now. Stepping back gives you a sense of order, structure and perspective and will help you to ensure you are giving the right amount of time on tasks which need it most.
Most importantly do not expect too much of yourself or become disenchanted. Time management might sound logical, but we have such complex lives that sometimes managing time can be harder than it sounds.
Don’t overwhelm yourself and try to change everything at once, set small but clear goals and achieve them one by one!
For more information about the Federation of Small Businesses go to www.fsb.org.uk/