6 Ways to Better Manage Your Time

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To succeed at anything, you need to put in the work. There is simply no way to breeze your way to starting a business and making it flourish without investing a lot of time and energy into it. And when it comes to entrepreneurship, as in most things in life, time is a precious resource. Here are some of the many ways to better manage your time to get the most out of business and life every day.

  1. Schedule planning time. If you are not used to planning ahead, it is never too late to learn. In fact, it is one of the essential habits you have to build if you want to become an entrepreneur. Set aside a distraction-free time for planning your day, week, month, or year. Create a to-do list which will help define and clarify your priorities for the day or the weeks ahead.
  1. Prioritize projects or goals. There always seem to be a lot of things that need to be done when setting up or managing a business. It would be tempting to do more and spread yourself out thinking you it will help you accomplish more. But this approach often leads to considerable stress and burnout. Think of entrepreneurship as a marathon than a sprint. As such, you have to develop the stamina to take your business as far and as successfully as you can. To do this, you have to learn to prioritize projects or goals. Focus on things that matter most that support your business and life goals. You can either delegate or let go of the rest.
  1. Set measurable goals and deadlines. Measurable goals make it easier to keep track and evaluate your progress. Set clear deadlines. This adds a sense of urgency to the tasks involved and will encourage accountability.
  1. Single-task. Multi-tasking does not often equate to productivity. Sometimes it just creates an illusion of accomplishing more. If you want to do quality work, focus on a single task until completion.
  1. Delegate and trust. If you have people working with you, delegate and trust them enough to get the job done. Assign the task to the best person for the job. Clarify what needs to be done and avoid micromanaging. Let others complete the task the best way they can without you breathing down their necks.
  1. Review your day. Take time to review results for the day or week. This allows you to keep track of what you have accomplished and get insights on what you may need to improve on.

5 Inspiring TED Talks for Entrepreneurs

Watching TED Talks is easily one of the best ways to spend quality downtime. Short, informative, and inspiring — here are some of the inspiring TED Talks every entrepreneur should watch.

1. Bel Pesce: 5 ways to kill your dreams

No dream or great idea comes to fruition on its own. Entrepreneur Bel Pesce shares five ways you can inadvertently stop your own dream projects from coming to life. From believing that overnight success is real to thinking that it is all about the goal, she talks about the things to avoid if you do not want to kill your dreams.

2. Dan Ariely: Are we in Control of our own Decisions?

Dan Ariely is a behavioral economist talks thought processes and decision making. In this video, he shares insights on the ability to identify potential bad decisions and how it can influence success.

3. Jia Jiang: What I learned from 100 days of rejection

Rejection is an uncomfortable feeling at best. And it is something most people would try to avoid, if they can. TED Talk speaker Jia Jiang shares his own experiences as he proactively sought and get used to rejection — a personal challenge he took on for 100 days. This talk will make you see rejection from a different perspective and think about the possibilities it may actually present.

4. Joi Ito: Want to innovate? Become a “now-ist”

Want to come up with a game-changing idea? MIT Media Lab Joi Ito says shift your focus away from the future and focus on the here and now. Here he talks about how continual improvement and fast innovations is not about obsessing about the future. Rather, it is about being fully aware on what is happening around you at the present moment.

5. Richard St. John: Secrets of success in 8 words, 3 minutes

Short, engaging, and full of wisdom sum up what this video is all about. Whether you a looking for quick inspirations or ideas to ponder, this talk is for you. Richard St. John shares insights culled from conversations with hundreds of successful people.