The dream of many corporate employees is to go into business for themselves and do something they want to do. One of the main reasons employees want to stop 'working for the man' is for a chance to have a better work-life balance. While this is achievable, a small business owner needs to ensure they are as productive as possible, or they will quickly find out that the balance is 99% work and 1% life.
Here are three tips to help small business owners or managers be more productive and from that achieve a more desirable work-life balance.
Learn how you spend your time To be productive, you need to know how you spend your time. The easiest way to do this is to keep a log, or journal, of what you do each day. You should include everything you do in relation to work, including: travel time, Facebook breaks, time spent checking emails, meetings, etc.
The goal here is twofold. Firstly, you get a solid glimpse of how you spend each day; secondly, you can see if there is anything you do that takes up way too much time. Some experts suggest you do this for a week at least. To get the best results though, it would be better to do this for at least two weeks to a month.