Time Management Issues is something MANY face in the world of working for yourself. Instead of working at a job that is 9-5 we have one that is 24/7. If you're wondering how to be a professional photographer that is great at time management, then you'll love these three tips!
The biggest lesson I've had to learn as an entrepreneur is time management. And let me tell you - it was a hard one to learn. I look at it this way. You can either run your business with lacking time management skills and work against yourself the rest of your career OR you can learn how to be a time management genius. Running a successful business is one big net of getting things done to get you closer to your goal. The only way to do this is to know how to manage every little thing that relates to you running your business. You don't want to run your business winging it and just going with whatever you feel like at the moment. You need to have a structure, a plan, a schedule, deadlines and you need to demolish them. You need to be strict with work hours, and not let your business run your life. I think this goes especially for those of you like me that work out of your home. Your office it in your home, and it is easy for your job to 'rule' your life when it comes to your family life. You feel like work is around you 24/7. You're always checking your phone for notifications. You're trying to squeeze in work in between making dinner and bath time. You go to bed only to be woken up by your phone binging and feeling like you need to get up just to answer that one email which we know will lead to answering just another ten more. You're stressed because you feel like you can't be there for your kids 100% and be running your business 100% no matter what, you never have enough time in the day.
Sound familiar? That was my life before I learned how to manage my time before I know how to handle 50 different projects at once. I am now running on a strict schedule; I know what I need to do when I'm in my office. My phone does not run my sleep cycle and for the first time feel like I can be a happy, unstressed mom with my kids again. I can breathe again.
3 QUICK TIPS FOR BETTER TIME MANAGEMENT
DESIGNATE A WORKPLACE
Hint: it should not be your kitchen counter, your bed, your sofa, your patio. Pick a room, or a corner in your home that when you sit down at, you know it's time to buckle down and get your work done. It's not the time to catch up on facebook or play on Pinterest. It's time to knock off items from your to-do list
Set strict work hours
Know what time you need to start working and should be done. It might not be a solid amount of hours; it might be three large chunks of time throughout your day. You run your business; you get to pick your hours. When you're at work, work. When you're not, then enjoy family time. Don't let the two cross one another.
I have ONE relevant folder sitting on my desk. It's a to-do list. I have a million checklists, and it is never ending. Anytime I have something I need to do (it could be answering a particular email, calling someone back, scheduling an appt) it gets added next in line. As I work, I check them off as I go. My bigger projects are added to the list as well - and they usually have their own to do lists. You know how it goes. My checklists...have checklists... it's a never ending list, but it is the one big thing that keeps me moving forward. And quick. When I get done with something I don't waste a minute thinking about what else needs to get done, I just look at my list and get it done.
If you're working on something, work on that ONE thing. Not that one thing, plus three more. The only two things you should be doing is working on something AND drinking your favorite coffee drink. That's as far as your multitasking should ever go.
Know what's important.
Manage your lists by working on the most important thing first. Know exactly Whats most important, and what is least important. You should be able to look at them and within a few seconds know what you need to be working on next.
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