Traveling Without Stress: Time Management Tips for Business Owners

Updated: Sep 12

It is critical to strike a proper work-life balance.

When running a small business, everything appears to be equally important. The never-ending pace of the daily to-do list causes entrepreneurs to feel overworked and mentally exhausted. You'll always have a full schedule - until you reach the point of success where you can hire others to do the heavy lifting for you.

If this describes you right now, you need some time out. You need a vacation to have a new outlook on life.

The best you can do is ensure that your time is well-managed so that you can squeeze as much productivity into the time you have.

Here are some time management tips you can use right away to travel stress-free.

Don't improvise - Make a plan and stick to it.

One of the worst things you can do for your productivity is work without a clear set of goals and tasks to complete for the day. Inefficiency and wasted time result from disorganization. Organize your time based on your current priorities, and whether that means creating an hour-by-hour breakdown or simply a bulleted list of chores for the day. Do whatever it takes to effectively structure your time.

Mondays could be for sales calls, Tuesdays for billing, and so on. Perhaps mornings are for emails and cold calls, and afternoons are for strategy and order fulfillment. In any case, make sure there is a structure to which you can adhere. Otherwise, you'll spend as much time worrying about what to do next as you will getting things done.

Schedule your day! Go ahead and schedule your vacation ahead of time. If you have a virtual assistant team, you can delegate these tasks to them and organize your week for you.

Don't Try to Multitask

Multitasking may appear to be a smart way to save time by cramming as much work as possible into as little time as possible, but it is most likely doing more harm than good. Concentrating on one task at a time boosts productivity and performance. Trying to manage a single task while answering every new email, responding to every text, and micromanaging every issue as it arises, on the other hand, means you're not giving any one thing the attention it deserves. This not only means you'll have to go back and correct careless errors later, but it also means you're wasting time right now by shifting mental gears.

If you’ve been wanting to go on a trip, it helps to delegate some of these tasks to your VAs to get the work done faster.

Trust your team, staff, or virtual assistant with the task you've assigned to them.

You Shouldn't Be Afraid to Delegate

It is nearly impossible to have the vacation you wanted if you’re a one-man team. Hire people you can trust and delegate work you don't have time for - or don't know how to do. This will give you more time to focus on the tasks you excel at and those that are most important to you. If your company is new or too small for full-time employees, consider offering college credits to interns or outsourcing to freelance contractors.

Bottomline:

Managing a business alone can be time-consuming and difficult. It is beneficial to establish your values and rules from the start to create a more manageable community. Maintain your work-life balance by being well-organized. Spend your time with your loved ones without stress.

To get started, simply hire an affordable virtual assistant team who already has the skillset you need to run your business. Don't be afraid to take risks and live the balanced life you've always desired. Schedule a call with 8point8 to learn how we can assist you.

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