As a small business owner, your time is valuable. However, you may find yourself overburdened with different projects that require strong attention to details. At Keeping Your Balance, we believe in efficiency and having a good work life balance. As a provider of outsourced cloud accounting for bookkeeping, accounting, payroll, and tax services, we strive to help our clients grow their businesses. Do you find yourself running out of time each day? Here are some tips to stop wasting your time.
1. Plan your day. Instead of winging it, spend a few minutes before you start your day with a clear picture of what you want to accomplish that day. Jot down your tasks for the day and prioritize them.
2. Drop activities that drain your time or energy. People can waste a lot of time on activities, people, or situations that add no value. Analyze the activities in your life that don’t enhance your career or personal life and reduce the time you spend on them. Some ideas include cutting back your time on social media sites, surfing the Internet, or gossiping. It’s easy to get sucked into activities that are habitual without realizing how much of a time-waster they are.
3. Rethink your tasks. Is there anything that is time-consuming that you can outsource? This could include your personal or business tasks. As a business owner, if you’re doing your own small business accounting, spending hours mulling over your books, consider outsourcing it out to an accounting cloud service. This applies to other aspects of your business, including bookkeeping, HR, taxes, and even marketing. Assess to see what tasks you can hire someone else to handle.
4. Stop erratic email checks. When you hear a buzz on your phone or a ding on your computer, do you immediately drop what you’re doing and check your email? You are breaking your concentration each time you switch over to check your email. Set a schedule to check your email so you can block out time to do the work you need to do.
5. Go slower. This sounds rather counter-intuitive, but sometimes you need to slow down and stay present on your task to do it well. Instead of responding haphazardly and needing to spend time to explain yourself, do it right the first time by giving it some thought and time to do it correctly.
At KYB, we love to keep you updated with business tips. Check out our post on outsourcing. We were voted as SF Weekly’s 2015 Best Accountant and we would love to handle all of your bookkeeping, accounting, payroll, and taxes needs. Learn more about us here.
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