3 Quick Time Management Tips for Solopreneurs

December 8, 2017

Time management is much different in an office environment than it is for a solopreneur. When you work in an office, you usually have coworkers or your boss holding you accountable for getting your work done. There’s also the standard 9-5 schedule that helps you complete everything in a timely manner.

As a solopreneur, however, you are your own boss and are completely in charge of your time and workload. Solopreneurs spend a lot of time working at home on their own schedule with no one (except clients) to hold them accountable for getting everything done. When you have this type of freedom, managing your time can be difficult unless you have a few things to help you out along the way.

To-Do List

Making a to-do list is a tried and trued way to organize your thoughts and priorities. And that’s because it really works!

Although physically writing things down can help improve your memory, a digital to-do list works well too. Taking some time at the beginning of each week to jot down everything you need to get done will help you visualize what your workweek will look like. This planning process allows you to organize tasks and plan any events, meetings or personal errands around your work. You can even refer back to it throughout the week to stay on track!

If you prioritize everything and organize it into a to-do list, you’ll ultimately save yourself from wasting time on less important tasks.  

Block Out Distractions

Distractions are arguably the biggest time suck you’ll face as a solopreneur. We’re constantly bombarded with emails, scrolling through Instagram feeds, and catching up on news in what feels like a nonstop world. With all of these distractions it can sometimes feel impossible to get anything done.

A major key to blocking out distractions is to figure out what tends to distract you the most (Email? Social media? Your dog?) and resolve that by blocking it out. If you find that catching up on email is taking too many hours out of your day, only allow yourself 10 minutes to check it three or four times a day (say, at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.).

If you’re always checking in on social media or your favorite website, get an app that allows you to temporarily block yourself from those sites. And if you keep getting sidetracked every time your dog needs to be let out, try getting out of the house and working from a coffee shop. You’ll find that you can get so much more work done in less time when you take yourself away from your distractions.  

Automate

The upside to the increasingly digital world we live in is that there are so many apps and software programs that have been created to make our lives easier. For solopreneurs or small businesses, automating certain processes or tasks is crucial to saving time, money, and many headaches down the road.

You can get an app like Workflow, for example, which is a customizable app with over 200 actions and integrations that allows you to create shortcuts on your phone and batch tasks so you can get routine things done much faster. Automating daily tasks that are seemingly small will shave off so much of your time so you can focus on bigger projects and goals.


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