If there’s one thing I’ve learned working in the forever evolving digital space, from a home-based business. It’s that you need to work smarter, not harder. Without a clear work plan or strategy, you will become overcommitted and overworked, very quickly.
Whilst, you have the best of intentions, it’s important to develop strong time management skills. Learn how to prioritise your daily task and delegate where necessary, to work smarter and not harder.
DELEGATE AND OUTSOURCE TASKS TO SAVE YOURSELF TIME
In a perfect world, we would be able to get everything done ourselves.
You have to delegate tasks so that we can get things done that only we can do. If you have jobs that are important but repetitive and time-consuming, then outsource them.
WORK SMARTER, NOT HARDER
If you pair this with scheduling your time effectively, it will allow you to get more work done.
TIME MANAGEMENT, ONE THING AT A TIME
You may tend to think you will achieve more if you are working or more than one thing at once. This mindset is very counterproductive.
You are much more productive if you managing your time throughout the day. Prioritise your tasks and focus on one single thing at a time.
ESTABLISH SELF AWARENESS
A desire to do it all without a clear strategy can often leave you overcommitted. This leads to being overworked and mentally drained. Being smart with your time and having a sense of self-awareness is important.
Self-awareness is a great way to learn how to manage your time. Time management means knowing your strengths and weaknesses. This will allow you to know when to ask for help (outsourcing) or when to cut your losses.
EVERY MORNING EAT THE FROG
“If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.” – Mark Twain
Checking emails, picking our favourite playlist to listen to and making ‘to do’ lists. They are important to get done, but not at the start of your working week or the start of your day.
These tasks are not what keeps you up at night, preparing for that big meeting or hitting a deadline is. Get the things that are most urgent done at the start of your day, it will make the rest of your day a breeze!
HAVE A BREAK, HAVE A KIT-KAT
This may sound counterproductive but sometimes when you are looking at a problem for too long, your brain stops functioning properly. It’s important to step away sometimes and give your eyes and brain a rest.
Stand up and go for a walk, stretch or make yourself a cup of tea. These small but important things will give your body the reboot it needs.
Managing your time and energy on a daily basis will help to train your mind and develop habits to work smarter, not harder. Ensuring your energy is optimised correctly so that you have plenty left over for the weekend!