By Nicole Munoz
Are you swamped with work? Everyone from business owners to managers to team members struggle to get everything done during their day. An endless stream of tasks can stack up leaving projects undone, customers forgotten, and vital marketing on the back burner.
Business owners are particularly strapped for time. Keeping all the balls bouncing in your business can gobble up hours and days while sometimes resulting in disappointing returns.
Here are three simple ways to easily leverage your time for greater efficiencies and better results. You will find you work fewer hours, enjoy less stress, and create higher profits for your firm all while getting much more accomplished.
1. Use an online calendar to schedule your time. I've found free Google Calendar works well. This lets you and others you chose see your schedule and modify it even on the run. Rather than dealing with work and activities as they crop up, do your best to plan your entire week in advance. This lets you be proactive. You will notice your time is better used and outcomes are more favorable.
2. Give your team members ways to better manage their time. You will see major improvements when you teach members how to use your online calendar. Also show them how to use pre-written answers to common questions customers frequently email about. Show team members how to customize email subject lines so specific emails can be found quickly later on.
Teach your employees to ask how can I help you, to get to the point, and focus on action. Also teach them to always bring a solution with the problem. Workers should take the initiative to devise solutions on their own.
3. Leverage your time by delegating. While it may be tempting to follow the adage "If you want it done right, do it yourself," you don't want to run yourself ragged trying to do all the work others could accomplish for you.
As a business owner you need to keep track of all of your daily activities and anything that can be delegated should be. Document your processes and how you do things to make it easy to hand the job over to an assistant.
Remember, if you can pay someone $10 an hour to do something, you are earning $10 an hour.
Using these three simple, inexpensive strategies can help you get far more accomplished during your day. You will be working smarter without working harder.
Nicole Munoz is a marketing consultant and frequent speaker. She specializes in helping businesses develop a complete marketing system. See Nicole online at www.StartRankingNow.com and www.NicoleMunoz.com.