When you’re running a business, one of the hardest things that you have to do is to ensure that you can fit everything into the day. You could be in the office for 24 hours, 7 days a week, but you still wouldn’t be able to fit everything in, would you? Managing your time is difficult even if you’re one of the most organized people, but there are some ways to claim back some of that time in the working day. We’ve put together 3 simple tips here, for those busy business women with long to-do lists.
1. Work smart, not hard
One of the most important things to remember in business is that some things don’t take as much time as you think they do. In fact, it’s all about working smart, rather than working hard. The best way to do this is to plan out your day, and to make sure that you’re entering everything with a well thought out, succinct plan. You will be working hard if you’re always running around unprepared, and as a result, you’re always creating more work for yourself. You’ll be working smart if you always know what you’re going to do, how long it’s going to take, and when you’re going to do it.
2. Outsource certain tasks
Some of the tasks that you have take up a lot of time, and potentially a lot of money if you have to hire somebody full-time to take on the list of never ending tasks that you have. A cheaper (and more intelligent) option is to outsource your tasks, and there are many services out there for those business women looking to outsource. You could get virtual services, for example, to act as a receptionist for you, to get rid of the need to answer so many phone calls a day. And who doesn’t want that? Look into the outsourcing options that you have, and see whether this could help you.
3. Don’t take on too much
It seems like a no-brainer, but there are plenty of people who make this mistake. You always want to take on that new contract, because you don’t want to give it to your competitors, do you? However, if you take on too much, you’ll be spending a lot of time on trying to meet your deadlines, and the jobs that you’ll be doing will be of a lower quality, which can damage your reputation. Think realistically about what you can take on, and don’t push yourself too far, or you won’t be able to manage your time. You can try however hard you like, and be as organized as possible, but it just won’t work!
So, if you want to save yourself some time as a busy business woman, then make sure that you remember these 3 simple tips. Work smart, not hard, outsource all that you can, and learn when to say no to a contract. You’ll be glad that you did these things in the long-run, when your time in the office is spent a lot more wisely!