Figuring out how to make the most of your workday can be a hassle. A 2013 workplace study showed 30% of survey respondents admitting to wasting 30 minutes or more at work on a daily basis. The old saying that time is money really is true. Here are 4 tips on saving time which will in turn grow your business and increase your cash flow.
1. Make a Schedule
By taking the things you have to do and scheduling them out, you will save yourself more time than you think. According to many studies, you become less impulsive, get more work done, and procrastinate less, as you schedule your time.
The most effective way to schedule your time is by using an app like Google Calendar. Google Calendar schedules can be shared with your fellow employees so that you are all on the same page. Using an app like this keeps your schedule visible at all times and helps keep you focused. If someone comes up to you while you’re working, you can ask them to come back later when you’ve finished a scheduled piece of work. When you know that you have a set amount of scheduled time to do something, a scheduling app allows you to complete your work within the time frame you’ve allotted for yourself.
2. Automation is Your Friend
In today’s world, there are so many things that can be automated to help you save time. If you spend a lot of time in Microsoft Excel you can use the macros function to automate many of your Excel jobs. You can also automate email marketing and social media posts. Heck, you can even automate some the scheduling you do through your scheduling app.
If you don’t know how to code (or have the time to do it) to automate jobs, you can always go to freelance services like fiverr.com, freelancer.com, or upwork.com to find a freelancer who can do the hard work for you.
3. Delegate to Your Team
If you are a manager of a business, it can be difficult to relinquish control to your employees. However, by letting people help you with your workload, you will have time to focus on activities that bring in the most revenue. Try delegating these tasks:
- Paying bills
- Screening emails and phone calls
- Updating social media
- Managing files
- Handling your mail
4. Use Other Services
There are thousands of services that can be paid for to manage and handle a part of your business. For example, at Lift Local we help businesses get reviews, handle online directories, remarket and send email marketing campaigns. These tasks might take your business hours and hours which is why we offer our services. We help save small and large business owners a significant amount of time by having our team of marketing professionals manage your needs.
It can be hard to figure out how to save time but if you use these steps you can find yourself managing your time more efficiently.