<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=290086984736480&amp;ev=PageView&amp;noscript=1">
Search
word-map-thumb

The Alternative Board Blog

Developing The Art Of Time Management

Feb. 19, 2019 | Posted by Phil Spensieri, TAB York Region
alarm-alarm-clock-analog-714701

Although many of you are fantastic managers of your employees and operations, the issue of good time management is almost always a part of every discussion I have with business owners. Good time management requires a focus on what’s most important to you and your business, helping you achieve a work-life balance that can ultimately have a positive impact on your success.

Are you managing your time in the best way possible to meet your business goals? Many business owners feel as though they just don’t have the time to manage their time… sound familiar? Here’s a few takeaways I’d like to share in hopes that you might adopt one of them into your own best business practices.

Forward thinking

Time management is an important part of your business’ success, as it aligns your values with the things that you want to accomplish. I recommend spending some time at the beginning of each day (approximately 15 minutes) to write down the most important things that you’d like to accomplish.

By writing it down, we are more likely to actually do that item, rather than keep the task at the back of our minds. A to-do list that brings focus to planning for the day (and possibly for the days ahead), helps you strive towards meeting your goals, and helps with setting a target for what you want to accomplish. Many business owners who have a firm grasp of this not only meet their deadlines; they feel more empowered by their progress.

Want additional insight? Read 10 Tricks to Make the Most of your Time now

DOWNLOAD

When you can’t elevate, delegate

As a business owner, it can be so easy to fall behind. This is why having employees who are capable and who you trust to take on any tasks that you may not have time to complete can be crucial. Because of this, delegating tasks to your employees can help you better manage your priorities, and ensure that important tasks get the attention they deserve.

Delegating tasks also gives you the opportunity to engage your employees’ strengths, facilitating better communication with them and getting a better understanding of their specific skill sets.

Your time is precious, but so is your well being

I’ve seen many business owners, just like you, suffer from “burn out.” This happens because although you may be placing value in the hours you are putting in, you’re not putting value on your own needs. I highly recommend taking breaks whenever you need them, even if it’s just for a few minutes to enjoy a cup of coffee, walk the office floor to casually visit with your employees, or read the latest headlines in the Globe and Mail.

Some of the greatest minds of our time know how important it is to take a break during a busy day. Even Elon Musk, who has a packed schedule, makes sure that he takes some time every day to be with his family and do things that he enjoys. I encourage business owners to think of one thing that makes them happy, and to treat themselves to that experience after accomplishing a pivotal task.

It’s always been my goal to help business owners find their best possible path towards success. When you master the art of time management, you may find that you not only achieve a lot more – you’ll feel more empowered and enthusiastic about the future.

To learn more about time management skills, as well as one-on-one business coaching and peer advice, contact us to become a member of a TAB board today.

Read our 19 Reasons You Need a Business Owner Advisory Board

DOWNLOAD

Written by Phil Spensieri, TAB York Region

Phil Spensieri is a TAB Facilitator in the York Region of Ontario, Canada.

Related posts

Successful Business Tips Every Business Owner Should Know
Oct. 29, 2019 | Posted by The Alternative Board Worldwide
Running a successful business comes down to the quality and effectiveness of the decisions that you make. Whether you’re just starting out and coming up with a plan, or already have an established...
3 Steps To Delegating Tasks and Lessening Your Workload
Sep. 10, 2019 | Posted by Phil Spensieri, TAB York Region
You know how it is when you’re a business owner; so many things to do, so little time. As an owner, your focus is to build your business, but in building your business, there are so many things to be...
Prepare Employees for the Future of Work
Sep. 3, 2019 | Posted by The Alternative Board Worldwide
No one can say with certainty what the future of work will look like. But many elements are already in place, and employers should think long and hard about how their workplace will evolve as the...
How to Build a Culture of Collaboration
Aug. 20, 2019 | Posted by The Alternative Board Worldwide
“Collaboration” is one of those buzz-words we hear a lot about these days. Of course, a company’s internal operations (and, for that matter, its customer-facing processes) should be driven by...
How to be an Effective Manager in a Small Business
Jul. 23, 2019 | Posted by Ronita Mohan
People are what make up a business and managing them is one of the key tasks of any business owner or managerial level employee. Being an effective manager at a small business requires you to...
What's the Difference Between Business Development and Sales?
Jul. 18, 2019 | Posted by The Alternative Board Worldwide
At first glance, there doesn’t appear to be much distinction between business development and sales. Aren’t both activities geared towards generating more profit for the organization? Isn’t a sales...
5 Customer Acquisition Strategies that Spur Growth
Jul. 9, 2019 | Posted by The Alternative Board Worldwide
Maintaining a strong base of existing clients is essential for every business, but acquiring new customers is equally important. Without an influx of new and prospective customers, a business may...
5 Tips to Effectively Scale Business Growth
Jun. 27, 2019 | Posted by The Alternative Board Worldwide
All businesses need to grow, but at what pace and how quickly should they scale that growth? These questions intrigue (and sometimes torment) business owners, because there’s no single “right” answer...
How to Generate Word-of-Mouth Sales Referrals
Jun. 25, 2019 | Posted by The Alternative Board Worldwide
Think about how you choose to make your purchase. There’s research you do online, or perhaps you’ve bought a product or service from a particular company before, and you’re comfortable doing so...
Create a Customer Satisfaction Survey that Gets Results
Jun. 20, 2019 | Posted by The Alternative Board Worldwide
Crafting a customer survey that gauges satisfaction with your business isn’t as easy as it looks. If the survey is comprised of misleading questions, or comes burdened with too many instructions,...