When it comes to running any kind of business, things can get overwhelming very quickly. There are so many tasks that most small business owners have to handle on a daily basis that the important things can get pushed to the bottom of your list without realizing it. I wanted to write this post to make life easy for every small business owner that reads it. This topic was so important that Forbes published a five page article on the art of managing your time and how to harness that power into growing your business. Even if you don’t own a tree trimming business, you will still finish this article with some new insights into running your business, I can guarantee it.
Without further ado, I’ll get on to the meat and potato’s of this article. If you start applying these right away you will see a drastic change in your business, I promise! First of all, making a list is extremely important with anything you want to accomplish and this is especially true when it comes to running you business. Before you start your day, the first thing you should do before you start doing any work is write down on a piece of paper what the most important things you need to do that day. Usually, I recommend starting with money making activities. By this I mean that you should be concentrating your efforts mainly on sales calls and marketing strategies that will generate you revenue. Once you establish what amount of time you will spend on your money generating activities, than you can focus on other important things such as checking your trucks and seeing if they need maintenance, organizing your cash flow spreadsheets, and anything else you need to do to run a more effective business.
When it comes to scheduling your time, make sure to set specific amounts of time for each activity. If you’re planning on starting off with money generating activities, than plan doing that from specific times like 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Once it hits 12 you’ll need to stop doing that right away. Whatever you didn’t finish, go ahead and make a note and be sure to set aside time the following day to complete what you need to. After you’re finished with your money generating activities, go ahead and pencil in a lunch break for yourself. Make sure to end your break at a specific time of day and continue doing your next activities for a certain amount of time after that. If you plan out your day with activities and also factor in the time it will take you to do each activity, you can be much more efficient with your time.
If you plan out every day like I’ve outline above, it’s pretty hard to not gain a lot of momentum quickly in your business. Rather than day dreaming how awesome it’s going to be when you’re making tons of money, figure out the plan how to get to that point. Once you figure out a goal for your business and where you want it to be, you can take massive action towards achieving that goal by taking small steps to get there ever day. At first it might seem hard to figure out how much time every activity will take, but you’ll start getting the hang of it. Once you implement this for 4 weeks in a row you will quickly feel unstoppable and will be well on your way to growing your tree trimming business.