Episode 37: Time Management Secrets for Services Business Owners

As a solo business owner your time is at a premium and there’s a million and one things on your to-do list. . Pin this post to learn 5 secrets of time management success as a freelancer, solopreneur or any biz where you work with clients.

It’s no secret that time management can be tricky when you work with clients. You’re juggling all the things and it’s enough to make you want to throw in the towel on services some days. In this episode we’re sharing some of our best time management secrets to help you find the flow between working on your biz, working in it, and having a life.

Here’s the scoop from episode #37:

  • Time is the finite resource we feel often we don’t have enough of and it can be frustrating when running a business
  • Secret 1: Be realistic: if you are constantly getting to the end of your day or week and feeling like you got nothing done, it’s time to check in with reality
  • We are chronic underestimaters when it comes to time, starting to really pay attention to how long things actually take you can be key
  • Secret 2: Set clear goals for yourself: if you know your goals by the quarter, month, week, and day, you are able to anchor your time per day
  • We talk about ‘The One Thing’ and how to apply it to your business
  • There are probably a lot of things on your to do list that are just busy work for now, and you can stop focusing on the things that are not moving your business forward
  • We talk about context switching and how to cut down on it to make the most out of your time
  • Secret 3: Time blocking: we’re sharing which time blocks are best for each of us throughout the day and why
  • Secret 4: We’re talking boundaries: it took us a long time to get it and are constantly re-visiting it, but we’re sharing how to make your boundaries work for you
  • The difference between ‘urgent’ and ‘important’ is key, learning this will teach you how to hold your boundaries
  • Setting work hours is important, even if you don’t have a typical 9-5 schedule, being clear about this up front will give peace of mind to both you and your clients
  • Secret 5: Make padding your BFF: if you have blocked in your schedule way too tight, something is going to come along and send your day into a tailspin

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Links for this show:

The One Thing by Gary Keller

ISS Episode 12: Setting Client Expectations and Boundaries

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