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Hate your business? Time to Make a Change

Saturday, May 13, 2023

Hate Your Life? Hate Your Business?
Maybe You Need to Work on Delegation and Time Management

Do you ever feel like there just aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done?
As a small business owner, you likely wear many hats and juggle a variety of tasks on a daily basis.
And worse, the hats keep changing, and this causes you to sometimes hate your business or even your life!  
It can be very overwhelming to try and manage everything.
Learn to delegate tasks and manage your time effectively....
You could very well begin to love your business again.

Identify tasks that can be delegated

The first step in delegation is to identify which tasks can be delegated.
Key questions to ask yourself... 
What do I wish someone esle would do... so I don't have to ever again?
What are my $15/hour tasks, that I would happily pay someone to do?

Evaluate your daily workload and identify tasks that could be completed by someone else.
This could include administrative tasks, such as answering phone calls or responding to emails, or more specialized tasks, such as social media management or accounting. Compile a list of potential tasks to delegate. Now, move on to developing a delegation plan.

Develop a plan and delegate tasks

When developing a delegation plan, it's important to consider the "who".
Who could. Evaluate each employee's strengths and weaknesses.
Match tasks to employees who have the skills and knowledge necessary to complete them effectively.
Begin to  delegate tasks, making sure to clearly communicate expectations and provide the necessary training or resources.
Then be sure to follow up. 

To ensure successful delegation, it's important to train employees to take on additional responsibilities.
This includes providing clear instructions and resources, as well as offering ongoing feedback and support.
It's also important to provide opportunities for professional development and growth, so that employees feel invested in their work and motivated to take on additional responsibilities.

Time management strategies 

Effective time management strategies can also help you make the most of your time.
This includes setting realistic goals and deadlines, breaking down larger tasks into smaller, manageable steps, and prioritizing tasks based on importance and urgency. Take breaks and avoid multitasking, as this can actually decrease productivity in the long run.

Reducing time spent on low-value tasks

Low-value tasks, such as administrative work or data entry, can eat up a lot of time without providing much value. To reduce the amount of time spent on these tasks, consider automating processes or outsourcing to third-party providers. This can free up time for more high-value tasks, such as business development or client relationship management.

Prioritizing tasks based on importance and urgency

When managing your time, it's important to prioritize tasks based on their importance and urgency. This means focusing on tasks that are critical to the success of your business and need to be completed in a timely manner. Make sure to allocate your time accordingly, and don't be afraid to delegate or outsource tasks that are less important or can wait.

Establishing clear boundaries and work-life balance

Finally, establishing clear boundaries and maintaining a healthy work-life balance is essential for long-term success and happiness. This means setting realistic expectations for your workload, taking breaks when needed, and making time for personal hobbies and interests outside of work. Remember, effective time management and delegation can help you achieve your goals, but it's also important to take care of yourself in the process.

In conclusion, delegation and time management are essential skills for small business owners looking to maximize their productivity and achieve long-term success. By identifying tasks that can be delegated, developing a delegation plan, training employees, and implementing effective time management strategies, you can free up time for high-value tasks and maintain a healthy work-life balance.  

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Hi, I'm Tracy Gunn

Co Founder of Exitable

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