Let me let you in on a little secret. I have ADD and therefore issues with time management. O.K. That wasn’t much of a secret at all, but I felt you should have this in mind as you read this month’s post on time management for women entrepreneurs and small business owners.
When it comes right down to it, time management is basically about being focused. Without focus, you can loose track of time and get almost nothing done.
There are a heck of a lot of time management techniques out there, and at least one of them is going to work for you. Most likely, more than one will work for you. For me, I’ve found that one technique works well for one area of my life, and another works well in another area. So, my advice to you is to try them all on for size. See which ones fits and in which situations.
Some techniques for managing your time include:
- Creating a schedule — logging when you will do what on a calendar and sticking to it.
- Writing down clear goals, prioritizing them and focusing on the most important goals first.
- Creating a “To Do” list and ticking things off that list as they get done.
These are the core techniques of traditional time management. And all of these can work together to help the woman entrepreneur or small business owner manage her time.
But let’s dig a little deeper. On the surface, these techniques seem straightforward. But they won’t work unless you have some other underlying skills:
- Decision making — can you make good decisions quickly and effectively?
- Critical thinking — can you discern important tasks from busy work?
- Self understanding — do you really know who you are and what you want out of your time?
Time management is about getting results, not about being busy. And to truly get the most out of your time, you need to know yourself, be able to evaluate tasks that take up your time and make decisions efficiently.
Let me go into a little more detail about what I mean.