As a boss, our time is precious, right?
As a photographer and business owner for seven years, I have learned a thing or two about using time wisely.
So allow me to share my 5 favorite ways to save time in your business.
So you can have less hustle, and more time for the things you simply love.
1. WORK IN TIME BLOCKS
Working in short bursts of time can increase your focus and productivity.
Before you start a task:
Articulate your task:
"I am going to draft my monthly newsletter in Google doc."
Set the timer
"I will give myself 20 minutes to write a first draft."
Take a break
When timer goes off - take a small break.
A short break will give clarity and avoid spending too long on a task.
bonus tip: A break can be as simple as getting a drink of water
2. STREAMLINE TASKS
Notice any tasks you repeat regularly?
Create simple workflows or batch tasks to streamline your work.
• Create email templates
• Have checklists for project tasks
• Schedule content creation days
• Pre-make your lunches
By consolidating processes and tasks, even if it takes a little effort, will be well worth the investment.
bonus tip: For one week, write down what you do on each day.
Over the week you will see where you spend your time and what could be streamlined.
3. REMOVE UNNECESSARY TASKS
Avoid tasks that don't grow your business or aren't part of a bigger plan.
Especially be aware of time wasters such as scrolling socials, watching Netflix and other distractions. The key is to become aware of these and put aside specific time for them.
But if it's not growing you, or your business, think twice!
bonus tip: Put "do not disturb" mode on.
Switch off those distractions, block your tasks and you will be smashing your to-do list!
4. TAKE A BREAK
In order to save time, you need to take time.
Taking regular breaks to be rested will lead to greater productivity.
Think of it like this: ever tried to cut bread with a dull knife?
But a few minutes sharpening that knife and cutting is a breeze.
It's no different with our minds: let them rest and be re-sharpened. It will be worth it.
Rest looks like:
healthy lunches | a walk on the beach | listening to a podcast | catch up with a friend | a swim | write in a journal | a short nap
5. GET A LITTLE HELP
It's ok to ask for help.
Tasks that don't generate business or income, are ideal to be outsourced. The time you save doing these tasks can be spent on nurturing potential clients and sales.
This also goes for tasks that might bring income, but are time consuming or are beyond your expertise. Outsourcing might be an investment, but they'll eventually pay for themselves.
Ideal tasks to outsource:
Home & Office cleaning
Marketing & Social Media