Top 5 Time Killers

If you run your own business, you’ll know that there are never enough hours in the day.  You sit at your desk at 9am and before you know it, it’s 3pm and you haven’t tacked your ‘to do’ list.

Here’s our guide to 5 time killers!

Emails

There seems to be a never ending tranche of emails to plough through.  You send out emails and then of course, you get the responses back – it’s a constant battle to keep your inbox under control.  Instead of replying to each email as it comes through straight away, we recommend setting aside dedicated time in the morning, lunch and late afternoon specifically for answering emails.

Procrastinating

We’ve all been there…if there’s a job you just don’t like (or don’t want to tackle) you’ll find anything to do first – even the filing or accounts suddenly become a priority (if you’re home based that huge pile of ironing suddenly becomes incredibly urgent).  Tackle the problem in small chunks by setting yourself 30 minutes to work on it without interruption.  When you’ve done that, reward yourself in some way – a coffee, a sneaky biscuit or some web surfing.

Social Media

We all know it’s super important to have an online presence but running a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube channel for your business can be a huge drain on time and resources.  There are various ways you can save time on running these accounts – contact us to see how we can help you!

Web Surfing

This is a time killer at it’s worse – I’ll just check the news, I’ll just check my personal social media, I’ll just log into the bank, I’ll just see what the competitors are doing, I’ll just check the sports reports,…need I go on?!  Try and use a coffee break or lunch break to do these things.

Meetings

It’s great to see people face to face and gauge how they react to suggestions, however how many times have you been to a meeting with a client, only to realise it could have been dealt with over the telephone, via email or a Skype call.  Be realistic when you set meetings up and really think about whether a face to face is necessary.

Hopefully you can relate to some of the above and think about some of our suggestions to help you be more productive in your day.

If you’re running a business and you don’t have enough time, we can help to get some of those time killers under control!

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