Getting more out of your Buisness Day...
When you are wearing many hats and spinning plates, it is really important to evaluate what you need to do each day to make your business idea a success.
With the help of Startright4Business you will be able to use simple to learn processes that will help you grow, and the changes needed to succeed, see below what you could learn...
Using the 4-D method - Once you're clear on your goals and the activities you spend your time on, you can use the 4-D method to start managing your time. Sort your recurring activities in these four quadrants:
Do. These are the activities you should continue to do—your important, high value priorities.
Diminish. These are the activities you can do less of, such as deciding which meetings to stop attending, or deciding to partially attend certain recurring meetings.
Delegate. These activities can be safely delegated to others, or outsourced. If delegating an entire activity to one person isn't feasible, can you break it up into several tasks that can be handled by more than one person?
Discard. What can you eliminate altogether, such as spending time and money attending networking events in the hope of meeting prospective clients, or scheduling a meeting when a phone call will do?
You may have heard well-meaning advice about not checking email first thing in the morning. The reality is, checking email in the morning can be crucial for responding to important communications. But you might want to reconsider checking email frequently throughout the day, or using an Out of Office response by reacting to emails as they come through. Just set a reasonable time schedule for checking email, such as five times a day, and stick to the plan. Consider turning off email notifications. They can be harmful to your productivity.
Don't chase a Client:
By all means, you can follow up with a client a few days after you send a proposal, but you shouldn't chase after them if they don't respond after two attempts. If a prospective client doesn't take a moment to respond to your proposal after you have spent considerable effort and time to create it, you may want to take this as a sign that this is not the type of client you want to pursue. Don't go down these dead ends. Use the saved time to focus on quality clients who deserve your undivided attention.
Awareness of Others:
Who are the time wasters in your professional life? These are individuals who can rob you of your time and energy. They may be those who require more "maintenance" than others for one reason or another, they may be people who are long-winded in meetings, or who simply have a lot of time to waste and want to waste it with you. These time vampires come in endless varieties. Think about the people you interact with regularly. Do any steal your time in unproductive interactions? How do they do it? Or more accurately, how do you let them do it?
Let people on your team know the most effective way to communicate with you. For example, do you prefer to have written information to review before a meeting? Do you prefer team members drop by your office for quick items rather than send you an email? Do you dislike receiving text messages and prefer email? Would it help you if an assistant or team member groups all non-urgent questions or requests to address at one time, rather than interrupt you several times a day?
Ultimately, you should develop a strong desire to save time. This will prompt you to find many other ways to preserve the one asset you cannot replace: your time.