As business owners what they want more of and chances are most of them will give a one word answer — time. Running a business means always feeling as though there aren’t enough hours in the day and sometimes that feeling can become overwhelming. That’s why we’ve rounded up 5 of the best time management and organizational tools you can use now to help.
Getting on Track
The first step to better time management is to get organized. Things is perhaps one of the best known To Do apps on the market and for good reason. It syncs up across your devices and makes creating and managing To Do lists quick, easy and actually doable. Things is only available on iOS devices, but there are some great alternatives for Android users, as well.
Where Does Your Time Go?
Getting organized is a lot easier when you know how you’re spending your time. Rescue Time is a great place to start. It analyses where and how you spend your time when you’re in front of your computer, tablet or other device. Then you can use its reports to determine what changes you can make to improve your overall productivity.
When business owners say they want more time, it usually means they’re not delegating as much as they could — or should — be. Flow can help make delegation easier with synced lists, ways to check in with support and shared data that makes checking in and helping out easier. It also follows the project process from informal chatting to task generation and ultimate completion making it comprehensive and user-friendly.
The Art of Juggling
Your business may seem like your life but the truth is, there are lots of things to juggle when you’re a business owner. Sure there’s work, but there’s also Real Life (remember that?). Sync all aspects of your schedule with Remember the Milk, an app that brings together data across all your devices and delivers reminders, lists and nudges to keep you on track.
And Finally … FOCUS!
Sometimes the answer to why you don’t have enough time is simple — you don’t always have the focus you need. If you’ve gotten into the habit of multi-tasking, you may need some help getting your focus back. Use Focus Booster to schedule exactly how much time you want to spend concentrating on a task (it lets you start at any interval you want) and then reward yourself with a mental break. This technique has been used effectively by millions and could be exactly what you need to break the cycle of feeling as though you spend all your days sunning around but without getting much done.