Telford, PA (PressExposure) June 02, 2009 -- Running a business is hard work. Operating a business requires so much from you as a business owner. You need to give it your all -time, effort, energy and resources. Sometimes you will find yourself not being able to give enough time for other things anymore.
Business operations just consume so much of your time that you need to put in as much as you can if you want to succeed.
However, your business is not the only 'life' you have. Although you do not consider it anymore as work as you enjoy doing it, you can only give so much of your time and energy to your business. This is in addition to the fact that time itself is not infinite. You are limited by the natural course of things such as the number of hours you have in a day.
Hence, time management is a must in order for you to effectively run your business. Even when marketing, you need to manage your collaterals such as your postcard printing or custom printed postcards. There is just so much you need to do and so many things to compete for your time. One way to manage it is to determine, list, and then prioritize your tasks so you will be able to successfully accomplish each one.
Nevertheless, it is also important that you consider what things and tasks that needed to be stopped. This means prioritizing too what you needed to stop doing and then unplugging yourself from that activity. When you do find out what you need to unplug yourself from, the more you can manage your time and dedicate it to other activities that give value to your growth. When you stop doing certain activities for your business, you tend to have more time to give to other productive endeavors such as designing your postcard printing or laying out your website.
Let us face it. Many activities pull you out from what you are comfortable doing that you tend to ignore what's more important. You prioritize filing and replying to emails, which is more of non-value activities in terms of your business growth. You often ignore those that are more productive such as marketing and networking through custom printed postcards for example because these efforts take you out from your comfort zone.
You also tend to make it easier by trying out a lot of things to get your message across, without thinking of laying out a plan so you can target your outcome. Marketing to just about anybody and hoping you can catch the right people to your business not only demands so much of your time and energy, it also gives you erratic results that you definitely do not need if you want to succeed.
The key then is to prioritize what needs to be done, as well as what you need to stop doing. Unplug yourself from unnecessary activities and focus more on what is important. Give priority to those activities that generate growth to your business rather than what makes you comfortable.