How much do you value your time? If you do not value it, other people will not value it either. Your time is your currency to get things done. There are so many things competing for our attention on a daily basis:
- Phone calls
And the list goes on. If you are not managing your time and allow things to interrupt you, you will not achieve anything great, and the chances are, you will be drained and not operating at full capacity. Yes, wasting your time is actually bad for your health because it means that you will work longer hours than you need to, and end up tired and drained.
So how can you maximise your time?
Get rid of little interruptions. Work with your emails off unless you are expecting something really important. Reading emails and responding to them immediately breaks your focus. They break your concentration and you end up spending twice as long doing tasks than what you need to. Don’t work with your emails open and limit the amount of emails that go to your phone.
Schedule in tasks. Plan, plan and plan. Plan your days in advance and leave at least 30 minutes surplus for emergencies. Plan in exercise as part of your schedule – so if it means pencilling in a 30 minute walk each day, or making yourself take a lunch break. There is no honour in working 14 hours a day with no breaks. You will not be productive, no matter how much you enjoy your work.
Communicate your availability. Some people think that self-employed people have nothing better to do than to have a friendly chat during the day. As a business owner, you must set clear boundaries. Just because you work for yourself, it does not mean that you have time to stop and chat. Be focussed and disciplined with your time, and communicate to people when you are available to talk. Part of this includes having down time with friends, and ensuring that you are taking care of your primary relationships. Make time for your business. But make time outside of your business so that you can spend time with those close to you without being interrupted by work related issues.