Business owners and parents may be the two busiest groups of human beings on the planet. If you happen to be both, life can be chaotic at times.
The key to managing such a busy life? Employing little time savers wherever you can.
The tips and ideas you’ll see in this post are what we consider the biggest time savers for business owners, so check them out and give them a try!
The 5 Biggest Time Savers for Business Owners
See how much time you can free up this week with these productivity-boosting ideas.
1. Outsource your administrative duties
Administrative duties can be frustrating as a business owner. They’re necessary tasks that must be done, but you have much higher priority tasks to take care of before you can worry about them.
If you haven’t hired in-house help to share the load yet, it’s a great time to consider hiring a virtual assistant to handle your administrative duties, phone calls, social media posts, blog schedule, etc.
2. Use an online time clock to track employee time
Employees don’t always work regular, scheduled hours and it isn’t always easy to track the actual amount of time worked. Time clocks feel outdated and employees hate using them. By having others clock in or out for them, employees can arrive late and leave early without a paper trail or the boss necessarily knowing.
That’s why online time clocks are a great idea for business owners. Just have your employees download an app and digitally clock in when they get to work. It’s an easy way to keep track of the hours your employees work. Clockspot is a great option if you’re looking to keep track of employee time without wasting yours.
3. Spend more time than you think you need to on important tasks
It’s counterintuitive, but in order to save time and spend less on correcting mistakes and re-doing your work, you need to spend more time on the initial draft. The old saying “A lazy man works twice” still rings very true. Others will notice the extra time and care you put into your work, and that can only have positive effects for your business.
Whether it’s an investor presentation or an employee handbook revision, by spending more time getting it right the first time, you’ll decrease your chances of making mistakes and save yourself time in the long run.
4. Create a daily priority list
You need to create a priority list at the start of each day (or, as you’ll read below, the night before). This list should be an accurate representation of what you need to get done that day and in what order those things should be done. This requires you to be honest with yourself about your work and the priority level of each task, which isn’t always as easy as it sounds.
If you can stick to crossing items off your list in order of priority, you’ll never finish the day feeling like you let important things slide, and you won’t fall behind in your work. That’s a real time saver!
5. Do what you can the night before
The night before is a sacred time for business owners. It’s a quiet, relaxed time where you might feel up to getting some work and planning done ahead of time, but aren’t stressed about deadlines or working too hard.
So take the night before to dedicate to planning, organization, and getting a head start on what you can–you will surprise yourself with how much work you can get done in advance, saving you a lot of time the next day!