Originally Posted By John Dessauer On August 15,2016  

istock_seesaw_000016400288smallWe envy the fact an entrepreneur has the freedom to work the hours they want and be their own boss, but the downside of that scenario is sometimes there aren’t enough hours in the day to get all the necessary work done. In a nutshell, owning and operating a business can be grueling and stressful, with zero time for a social life. If you are an entrepreneur that finds their time eaten away by business-related tasks and long for a more balanced way of life, take heart. There is a solution to no time for fun, relaxation, or spouse and family. You can find that elusive sweet spot of work life balance with careful scheduling and improved organizational skills.

Approach your work with a laser-like focus. Each day, list the most important tasks and take care of those first. That way, you can push everything else to the next day if you run out of time. As a matter of fact, the uncompleted tasks of today may become the top important things to do tomorrow, but for the sake of your sanity only focus on one day at a time.

When you perform a task, focus only on that task. Be attentive to your work so as not to make mistakes. Mistakes can cost you a lot of time to correct. Turn off your phone, TV, or anything that can be a distraction. Don’t answer emails. By concentrating on one thing at a time, you can simplify the way you work and work faster, getting more done with less time-costly mistakes. However, don’t get too bogged down in little details and wind up wasting time this way. Do a good job but don’t waste energy trying to be a perfectionist. Set time limits to complete tasks and stick to them. 

As an entrepreneur, you must realize just how valuable time is to you and learn not to squander it. You can’t be all things to all people and still have time for your business and family, so you will need to turn down some requests. Decide beforehand what things in your life are not absolutely critical and stick to your decisions. For example, if your business will not suffer severe repercussions if you do not attend a certain community meeting, then, by all means, don’t do it. Spend that time on more productive pursuits.

One of the most important ways to save time is using a good organizational system. Make sure you have a quick and reliable way of accessing all your information and continuously purge and update your files. This will eliminate hours of wasted time spent searching for info. If traditional methods of organization don’t work well for you, feel free to invent your own. Use whatever works for you.

Get rid of anything that’s out of date or otherwise useless. In a business setting, any clutter is your enemy. This includes for spamy emails, unused apps or programs on the phone or computer, and other attention and space-hogging items. They only provide a visual distraction and take your attention away from the most important tasks.

We envy the fact an entrepreneur has the freedom to work the hours they want and be their own boss, but the downside of that scenario is sometimes there aren’t enough hours in the day to get all the necessary work done. In a nutshell, owning and operating a business can be grueling and stressful, with zero time for a social life. If you are an entrepreneur that finds their time eaten away by business-related tasks and long for a more balanced way of life, take heart. There is a solution to no time for fun, relaxation, or spouse and family. You can find that elusive sweet spot of work life balance with careful scheduling and improved organizational skills.

Approach your work with a laser-like focus. Each day, list the most important tasks and take care of those first. That way, you can push everything else to the next day if you run out of time. As a matter of fact, the uncompleted tasks of today may become the top important things to do tomorrow, but for the sake of your sanity only focus on one day at a time.

When you perform a task, focus only on that task. Be attentive to your work so as not to make mistakes. Mistakes can cost you a lot of time to correct. Turn off your phone, TV, or anything that can be a distraction. Don’t answer emails. By concentrating on one thing at a time, you can simplify the way you work and work faster, getting more done with less time-costly mistakes. However, don’t get too bogged down in little details and wind up wasting time this way. Do a good job but don’t waste energy trying to be a perfectionist. Set time limits to complete tasks and stick to them.

As an entrepreneur, you must realize just how valuable time is to you and learn not to squander it. You can’t be all things to all people and still have time for your business and family, so you will need to turn down some requests. Decide beforehand what things in your life are not absolutely critical and stick to your decisions. For example, if your business will not suffer severe repercussions if you do not attend a certain community meeting, then, by all means, don’t do it. Spend that time on more productive pursuits.

One of the most important ways to save time is using a good organizational system. Make sure you have a quick and reliable way of accessing all your information and continuously purge and update your files. This will eliminate hours of wasted time spent searching for info. If traditional methods of organization don’t work well for you, feel free to invent your own. Use whatever works for you.

Get rid of anything that’s out of date or otherwise useless. In a business setting, any clutter is your enemy. This includes for spamy emails, unused apps or programs on the phone or computer, and other attention and space-hogging items. They only provide a visual distraction and take your attention away from the most important tasks.

“Remember, wealth has nothing to do with money, success has everything to do with failure, and life is as simple as you make it” – John Dessauer