You’ve always heard that time is money, and it’s even more important when you are a young entrepreneur. You don’t have a lot of time to accomplish everything that you want, so you need to learn how to get the most out of the small team that you have. Some of the best companies in the industry don’t have big teams, yet they have effective ones. Here are six tips to keep you from getting bogged down from tackling too many tasks.
- Have a list and follow it. One of the most important things about getting the most out of your time is knowing where you are spending it. Create a to-do list and follow it as much as you possibly can. There will be some speed bumps down the road, but you can avoid a ton of headaches if you just sit down and plan a little bit. Have goals for the day, month and year. Create plans for your team as well. That way, they know what’s expected of them and won’t have to rely on you to find out what to do next.
- Think about what you want to do before you do it. Our parents used to tell us to think before we act. We can take that advice and go further with it. Before you pick up the phone and make a call, think about what you want to accomplish. Remind yourself of what you need to get done so that you don’t get sidetracked when you start talking. Remember that you are trying to tackle a lot of things throughout your day, and having to contact someone again might be very troublesome and time consuming. Tell your team that you expect the same attitude from them.
- Focus. Sometimes, we just get too distracted throughout the day. If things need to get done, you have to focus on them. Don’t let any distractions keep you from accomplishing everything you set out to do. Make a “do not disturb” sign and hang it on your door when it’s crunch time. You can do the same for your team. Do not disturb them during certain periods of time. They need to focus just as much as you do. Be sure that everyone is staying on task and on point.
- Find a system that works for you. Everyone works in a certain way. You have to find the system that works well for you. Don’t try different systems because you hear good things about them; you’ll only end up confusing yourself and your team. Find the system that works for what you need and stick to it. There’s no point trying to learn each and every system if you already have one in place that works fine.
- Delegate your workload. It would be nice to do everything yourself, but that’s not being realistic or productive. Delegate your work with your team so that everyone has something to do. Your results will be better because things aren’t rushed, and you’ll be able to relax a little and get rid of some stress. You might even discover some hidden talent within your team.
- Use technology to your advantage. Technology was designed to help everyone, including entrepreneurs. Don’t forget that you can set events on your phone or create a system that helps with customer issues. You can also use online guidance systems to help reduce the number of customer service calls and allow your team to be more productive. Technology can work with you, and you’ll be able to get more done with the limited resources that you have.