by Chris Devers
Article by Kanaga Siva
Time wasted is Life wasted. Once wasted, time can never be regained. You cannot speed it or slow it down to suit you needs. Hence implementation of Time Management Strategies is necessary to grow and achieve the full potential of your Home Based Business. How best you organize your time in your daily lives will make all the difference between success and failure or even attaining your personal goals.
“Time is the scarcest resource of the manager; if it is not managed, nothing else can be managed.”- Peter F. Drucker
How best can you organize and manage your time?
Good time management gives us the opportunity to balance our work with the various demands of our personal life. Unless these are balanced well, life can be frustrating and both work and leisure are bound to suffer.
It is wise to plan your time by scheduling your work on a monthly, weekly and daily basis. In this manner you can plan your work schedule well in advance. While planning your work schedule you will have to prioritize your work. If you don’t, you can fall into the dangerous habit of doing the easy work and procrastinating over the difficult ones, which are quite often the most important ones. The consequences of procrastination can be very disastrous to your home based business. Hence the necessicity for time management. Whenever you prioritize your work, you should fit your priority work into your best productivity time.
It is a known fact that all of us have certain times of the day when we are at our best, feel happy, creative and our energy levels are at their peak. This will naturally be our most productive period and this time should be allotted for the most difficult tasks and high priority jobs. The rest of the time could be utilized for simple and routine tasks you have to do. This is good time management.
Interruptions such as telephone calls from friends and direct interruptions by family members at home can be a nuisance and this should be discouraged. All external interruptions can be discouraged by being politely assertive. Family members can be discouraged by placing a sign on your door, not to interrupt you.
Another great way to manage your time is to clean up your working area on a regular basis. In this manner all unwanted papers could be destroyed, leaving behind only what is necessary while ensuring that important documents need not go astray or misplaced. Very often much valuable time is wasted searching for documents, thereby causing much frustration and stress. This is bad time management causing much frustration, stress and counter productive.
Variety is the spice of life. A monotonous schedule of work, day after day can be boring. Always plan your daily work schedule in a manner that will add variety, thereby creating a mood and desire to continue your work with enthusiasm.
Time management for a Home-Based Business entrepreneur is much easier today if you can take advantage of the tools that are available such as the Fax machine, Computer, E-mail, Autoresponder and the Telephone. Making the best use of these tools is the wisest way to manage your time and increase your productivity.
Successful implementation of the above Time Management Tips and Strategies will lay the foundation for increased productivity, reliability and success of your home based business.