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How Successful Entrepreneurs ManageTime Well


Time management is one of the most critical skills for any entrepreneur. After all, your

time is limited, and successful entrepreneurs need to make the most of every

minute.


Here are a few tips for how to manage your time successfully as an

entrepreneur:


1. First, prioritize your tasks. Create a task list and then order them by

importance. Making a list of your most important tasks will help you focus on the

essential jobs.


● Of course, some jobs will always take precedence over others. You can

also use the Eisenhower Matrix to help you better prioritize your tasks.

● The Eisenhower Matrix is a time management technique used to prioritize

tasks. President Dwight Eisenhower introduced the method and was

known for his practical time management skills. The matrix categorizes

tasks into four quadrants:

Quadrant 1: Urgent and Important.

Quadrant 2: Important, but not Urgent.

Quadrant 3: Urgent but not Important. Quadrant 4: Not Urgent and Not

Important


● Tasks that are both urgent and important should be at the top of the list.

These are the tasks that you need to complete first. The tasks in the

second part of the series are also important.

● Quadrant 3 tasks are urgent, but you can often delegate them to someone

else. Quadrant 4 tasks are neither critical nor essential, and you can

eliminate these tasks.


2. Second, create a schedule and stick to it. Having a set schedule will help you

use your time more effectively and ensure that you forget nothing important.

Leave some flexibility in your plan to account for unexpected tasks or delays.


● One effective way of creating an efficient schedule is to use the time-block

method. It involves scheduling specific periods for certain tasks. For

example, you might block out two hours to work on a project and one hour

to check and respond to emails.

● Once you have created your schedule, try your best to stick to it.


3. Next, delegate tasks. As an entrepreneur, you probably have a lot on your plate.

Don’t do everything yourself–delegate tasks to others on your team or hire

outside help when necessary. You can free up your time to focus on the most

critical tasks.


● Hire a virtual assistant to handle some of your administrative tasks or use

a project management tool to delegate tasks to your team members.

● If you have trouble trusting, try using the 80/20 rule. This rule states that

80% of the results come from 20% of the effort. Focus on the tasks that

will have the most significant impact and delegate the rest.


4. Set boundaries. It’s important to set boundaries between work and personal

time. When working, try to avoid distractions and stay focused on the task. Once

you’ve clocked out for the day, resist the urge to check your email or do any

more work.


● It would help if you also learned to say “no” when feeling overwhelmed. It’s

better to focus on a few tasks and do them well than to do too much and

end up doing a poor job.


5. Finally, take breaks. Working non-stop is not sustainable in the long run. You

will burn out quickly if you don’t take breaks to relax and rejuvenate. Schedule

some time for yourself every day, even if it’s just a few minutes.


● Take a walk, read a book, or take a nap. Breaks will help you stay

focused and productive when you are working.


Managing your time well is essential for entrepreneurs. By following the tips above,

you can make sure that you are using your time in the most effective way possible.

Prioritize your tasks, create a schedule, delegate, and take breaks to relax. By taking

these steps, you can set yourself up for success.


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- Mike Acker


Check out my new book on Public Speaking: Speak with Confidence, published by WILEY.


A breakthrough to develop confidence in speaking, leadership, and life. A follow-up book to my best-selling book, Speak with No Fear



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