Good time management can create the personal freedom to let you enjoy your business venture. By effectively organising your time and working proactively to achieve your goals, day by day your business will be more successful and you will have more time to enjoy it.
However, not everyone works well with a strictly formulaic method of time management. Business owners need to find the best method of time management that works for them. Some people are good at multi-tasking, while others like the time-blocking method.
Yet, choosing the right method of time management is not just a matter of personal preference. It is vitally important that the way you manage your time is compatible with the type of business you are in and whether or not you are dependent on other people.
For example if you work alone as a web designer it may be possible to start work at midday and work through till 10pm. However if you're in an industry where you have to be in contact with clients who work in a traditional office, then you will have to be available 9 to 5, regardless of commitments outside of work and personal preference.
By understanding the demands your business will make on your time, before you start, you can find out whether running this business will fit in with your expectations of being your own boss.
It’s also tempting to work reactively, because the natural reflex is the courteous one. When someone emails or calls, we reply immediately, without considering whether this is a productive action.
Set aside an hour each day to reply to messages and emails. It may be hard to ignore a ringing phone but it’s not always good for business to answer it.
The last word
The big idea for a business, its central premise, is actually a very small part of whether a business is successful. It’s all about orchestrating it properly. A small idea can be very successful as long as you work hard at making it work.
Effectively structuring your time to achieve business goals can make your business succeed and also allow you the free time to have a life outside of work.
Being a successful business owner shouldn’t just be about making money, it should also be about having the free time to enjoy the money you make.