Poor time management skills drain your profits, inhibit your productivity and create unnecessary stress in the day-to-day running of your business. Yet while rigid time management systems can provide structure to your day, they may not be flexible enough to accommodate the realities of running a business.
As Craig Jarrow notes on the site Time Management Ninja, it’s important that whatever time management system you use adapts to the unexpected:
“Your time management must remain flexible if it is going to be truly effective. In fact, your time management must be ready to adapt to life’s daily adventures. Have you ever had a day go exactly as you had planned it? I don’t think I have ever had one that didn’t have at least one unexpected happening. Life happens.”
What should business owners do “when life happens?” When in doubt, triage everything on your to-do list with three critical questions:
- What’s the most important thing that needs to happen right now?
- What has the shortest or least flexible deadline?
- What can help you generate the most cash flow?
These three questions can help you realize how to improve time management so you can readjust your short-term priorities and keep your business operating smoothly until things get back to normal.