As we head into summer and become busy with BBQs, the beach, and some much-deserved time off, we can also get a little stressed thinking about everything that needs to get done…even when we’d rather be out playing and having fun. The key, of course, is working smarter, not harder and learning to manage our time better (instead of it managing us). Here are some strategies that will help you do just that.
1. Delegate, delegate, delegate. This can be hard—at first!—for business owners who feel especially close to every aspect of their business. But in order to reclaim some time for yourself (and, by extension, for your friends and family), it’s important to let go. Consider outsourcing certain tasks, giving your employees more responsibilities, or implementing a summer internship program. One important note: when you delegate, it’s critical to let people do the task at hand, even if they complete the task in a different manner than you would have done it. As long as it’s not wrong, let it go and don’t interfere.
2. Create a summer schedule. Maybe you close at noon on Fridays or you don’t come in until 10 on Mondays. Even if you don’t use this new-found time to play hooky, you could use the time to complete the projects you normally struggle to finish and that spill over into your weekends.
3. Stay organized. Today’s smart phones, of course, include calendar options, but there’s still something special about a physical personal organizer and custom calendars (like the one pictured) that you can open, touch, and see (and take pleasure crossing off tasks and blocking off times for fun activities).
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